By: Faith Lucky.
I approached the bathroom and was about opening the door when the sound of running water suddenly stopped.
I paused to think. Why did it stop all of a sudden? Or…is it scared of my presence or what?
I held the hinges of the door and turned it slightly to have a look and…boom!
My eyes met with the biggest shock of the year.
She also turned immediately to look at me and her lips dropped open in shock.
Oh my God?
Thank goodness she was already with her towel.
“N…Noah?” She stuttered in shock, holding the towel properly to her chest.
“Maxine! I…I’m so sorry. I thought…” I ran out of words and quickly shut the door.
Damn! What the hell was that?
Why didn’t I..?
No; I had no idea she was the one bathing. How would I have known?
I actually thought..
Yeah; I thought she returned to her room.
How would I have possibly known Maxine would make use of my bathroom?
I placed my hand on my chest and leaned on the wall as soon as he left.
Oh my God! Oh my God!
What the hell just happened???
I looked at my body to be sure no serious part of it was exposed.
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Then, I looked at the door to also make sure he wasn’t around anymore.
My heart was racing so fast.
He came in at the exact moment I tied the tip of the towel – the exact moment!
What if he was two seconds earlier? What would’ve happened? I would’ve been a dead meat by now because I’d have slumped.
What did I do? Why did I have to make use of the bathroom? I guess its all my fault.
I quickly dried my body with the towel before putting on my clothes and after which, I left the bathroom, returning to the main room.
I felt so nervous as I walked in. What must he be thinking now?
He stood up the moment he saw me.
“Maxine”, he called immediately.
“I…I just wanna tell you that wasn’t intentional and I’m so sorry.
“I…I thought the shower was faulty or something. So, I decided to check it out to avoid getting the room flooded. I honestly had no idea it was you. Please, I’m really sorry”, he apologized, rushing his words.
“Um…its…its fine. I understand” I replied perfunctorily
“I just felt hot and needed to take a shower. But its fine now”.
“Okay, okay. Thanks a lot” he sighed.
Well, I guess he really needs to apologize because that was a close one.
“I’ll just…go to my room now since you’re…”
“Yes, yes. Perfect. You can leave”.he cut in.
Gosh! The whole thing was so dramatic. Well, there’s no way I’m spending the night with him after all that’s just happened.
I nodded and left the room, taking a deep breath as soon as I was outside. *
I returned to my room and laid quietly on the bed. The whole thing still replayed in my head.
What would’ve happened if Noah was two seconds earlier? I can’t believe a guy almost saw my n*ked state.
I wrapped myself up with the duvet, suddenly feeling cold. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
But after a while, I finally drifted off to sleep.
“So, you’re trying to say Maxine’s never coming back??” I asked gruffly as I stood before mum and dad with Tammy beside me.
“We didn’t say so, Ruby. We…”
“You what?” I cut dad off, peskily.
“You just told me Noah wouldn’t release her and with the look of things, he’s gained more rights than us. So, what else do you want me to believe? She’s stuck with him forever??”
“What I don’t understand is why the hell he picked interest in her” Tammy said.
“I mean, they had no business before, right? So, why would he just show up all of a sudden and insist on taking her with him? Isn’t it strange?”
“Yes – definitely” mum replied.
“It seems there’s a special connection between them and I’m wondering what it could be because…I really don’t understand why Noah would suddenly pick such interest in Maxine.”
“Whatever it is, mum; I want Maxine out of there! I want her away from Noah! Gosh! I’m pretty sure she must be feeling like a Queen already. I need her out of there! I can’t believe I had to fix my nails myself. Its frustrating, mum!!” I cried.
‘Don’t worry, Ruby. Your mum and I will come up with a plan. But, for now, a new maid will be arriving thus morning. So, don’t panic” he assured me but it still wasn’t enough.
‘Anyway, I just hope she comes to school today so she can have a taste of my anger” I thought and stormed out of the room. *
I woke up the next morning, took my bath and got ready for school.
Yeah, my uniforms and books arrived early and let’s just say I’m happy to resume school
Although, my only fear…the rumors.
I wonder how people would look at me, knowing I was staying with Noah.
I left the room with my bag, headed downstairs and there I met the dining already set.
Oh!! Thank goodness!
“Oh! I was on my way to call you, ma’am. Good morning” the maid I found there greeted with so much obeisance.
“Good morning, thanks” I replied and took a seat.
It was bacon and eggs, together with some coffee.
Hmm. Looked yummy.
I served myself and started eating immediately, feeling so hungry.
After a while, I heard footsteps behind me and turned to see Noah.
He already had a cup of coffee with him.
“Good morning” I greeted immediately, feeling a bit shy after recalling the previous incidence.
“Good morning, Maxine” he replied simply and sipped from his coffee.
He stood beside me for a long time, making me wonder what he had in mind.
“You set for school, huh?” He asked and I nodded and resumed eating.
“Um…how’re you feeling now?” I asked when the thought suddenly hit at me.
“Oh! I’m a whole lot better. Thanks” he replied and sipped from his coffee again.
“When you’re done from school, we’ll go shopping as planned” he said and I nodded.
And without saying any other word, he turned around and left.
Hmph. I thought he was gonna eat?
I shrugged and continued eating and when I was done, I left for school, using the ride Noah assigned to me. *
I stood by the window and watched her walk into the car which left the compound afterwards.
I chuckled and drank from my coffee.
The previous night’s incidence was still fresh in my head and I couldn’t help but laugh. It was damn funny.
I remembered the beautiful image – her wet hair over her shoulders and all…
And the shock in her eyes and she stuttered…
Well, thank goodness I was a bit late else, I wonder what would’ve happened. She’d have probably stabbed me or something.
Suddenly, I turned and looked at the system. Hm. I couldn’t check up on her yesterday as a result of my stupid state.
I emptied the coffee in the cup and walked over to the table, turning on the system
I wanted to know what she’s been doing for the past hours – well, like I said, I have my reasons.
The CCTV displayed her room and I rewound it to look at the previous incidence.
While it was going back swiftly, I suddenly saw something that caught my attention and quickly paused it.
Huh? Isn’t that…Rex??
I played the record at that point and my jaws dropped when I saw him pointing a gun at Maxine.
What the heck???