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Written by Hossana Ojoniko Isaac
He bought few cloths for himself and a few other things for my mother.
I vividly remembered the things she used to like back then.
So we bought them and entered the car
Me: wait… Why did you buy clothes for yourself?
I asked when realization hit me
He chuckled and started the car.
I just stared at him wondering what exactly he was.
Was he going to stay there with me?
I looked at him again
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He’s so handsome
I forgot myself and I began to smile
Clint: baby I love the way you look at me
Me: what? No! Gosh
I said and hit my palm on my forehead
Me: you’re so crazy
Clint: I hope your mom has enough rooms
Me: she’s residing in an apartment building
I looked away, hoping he was joking.
We got to the building and got out.
I took my bag and he came out with the things we got for my mom.
Clint: let’s go
He took the lead after I told him the room number
We entered the elevator and got to the fifth floor.
We knocked on the door and it opened after a while
I said and she smiled a bit
Mom: Audrey, you came
Me: yes mom, I’ve missed you
I said and hugged her
I truly missed her
Ma’am Nina took her place but I still wanted my real mom.
We unlocked and she looked me over
Mom: you’ve changed a lot Audrey
She smiled at me
Clint: good day ma’am
My mom looked at him and smiled
Mom : young man, how are you? Please come inside
We got inside and she closed the door
Mom: you’re welcome. Sit down
She said and led us to the couch
Mom: gentleman, what can I offer you?
She was smiling brightly
Clint: anything ma’am
She smiled and went to the fridge
I shifted and sat at the other end of the couch, trying to keep a distance from him.
My mom came back with three glasses of cold pineapple juice.
She served Clint first then me
She sat down on a stool and faced him
Clint: we brought this for you
He lifted up the bag and gave it to her
Mom: oh my God. That’s so sweet of you
She opened it and looked through it
Mom: wow, how do you know I like all this
Clint: well Audrey actually suggested we get them
Mom: wow, that’s really good dear
I was just watching them.
My mom was acting weird
She was extra nice
I’m sure she hasn’t changed from the way she talks to me on phone
Or is it because of Clint?
I never told them anything about me ever since I left
They don’t even know where I work cause they don’t care.
If only they knew that I see, talk and even play with the Prince of Edinburgh.
If only they knew that my best friend is the Prince’s lover
They wouldn’t think I’m a loser anymore
He looked at me
Mom : have you been listening?
So they’ve actually been saying something
I wasn’t concentrating
Mom: you haven’t changed a bit Audrey. You’re still so clumsy and stupid
Clint’s face changed
Clint: excuse me ma’am, Audrey isn’t clumsy or stupid
He looked serious
I was surprised
Mom: I’m sorry dear, she’s not stupid. Never mind what I said
I was now angry
She was really faking that attitude
Mom: so please answer my question. Are you friends or working in the same place?
Clint looked at me and smiled
I became irritated
Me: mom, I’m tired. I need to rest
I stood up and dropped the glass
Mom: you can stay in the second room opposite mine. I’ll stay with the young man for now
I raced upstairs and entered the room and screamed
Me : I hate you mom, I hate you so much
I threw my bag on the bed and began to cry
I hated the way my family made me feel
I wasn’t a loser anymore
But I still hate it when they call me that.
The only reason I came here was because I wanted to avoid Clint.
I shouldn’t have come here in the first place.
I sat on the floor and leaned on the bed.
The door opened and I looked up to see Clint.
He closed the door and looked at me
Clint: are you crying?
I looked away and he came closer to me
Me: just excuse me please
He squatted and stared at me
Clint: I noticed that your mom doesn’t really like you. Why?
I stood up but he pulled me down
Me: leave me alone
He stood up and turned to go
Me: where are you going?
He looked back
Clint: I’m leaving you alone
Then he went out and banged the door
I felt bad
I stood up and entered the bathroom and washed my face.
Then I got out and fell on the bed
I went to get my things from the car.
If she thinks I’m gonna let her be?
Then she’s mistaken
And I don’t like her mother
She’s a great pretender
Acting like a smily lady
But I think she really likes me
And the way she’s behaving, she doesn’t want to act harsh to Audrey in my presence
I went back to the apartment and dropped my bag on the couch.
Audrey’s mom: so what exactly are you to my daughter? You must be her boss right? But you really don’t have to follow her here. She’s really not worth it
I stared at her blankly
She was just trying to say that Audrey was a nobody
I was ready to shock her to her bone marrow
Me: oh no, I’m not her boss
I took a drink from the fridge
Audrey’s mom: then what are you?
Me: Audrey is my girlfriend. That’s why we came to see you together
The woman’s jaw dropped open and I smirked
I sat in my room crying bitterly
I was so filled with guilt
I felt like a monster
I couldn’t believe all what I did
Me: but I’m not like this
I mumbled in between sobs
Me: non of this would have happened if I was not Princess Gladys. None of this would have happened if the real princess didn’t die
I blew my nose and threw the napkin on the floor that was already littered with tissues and napkins
I was both full human and full mermaid
Everything I did as a mermaid was fully in my mind
And everything that happened and a human was pasted in my brain.
My greatest challenge now was how to stand before Blue
Right from time, I get paranoid easily and I really never had guts.
But Gladys is quite the opposite
But right now, I don’t even know what exactly I am
I don’t know if I’m fully Rainbow or Gladys
And I really have lots of questions
I’m living in total confusion
I’m so scared
Even though Blue finds out about my real identity, will she ever forgive me for wanting her dead?
I wanted to ruin her
I hated my own best friend
How did they come to the human world?
Is her mother here too?
I’m sure the grey ditch didn’t have any effect on them and it didn’t bring them here
They would have lost their memories too
And that night, she was using her powers.
There’s no way she would have them if she got into the grey ditch.
My head began to hurt because I was thinking too much
I needed to talk to someone
I braced myself up and decided to go and see Blue’s mother, though I don’t really know her
Gladys don’t really know her
I took my phone and called someone to help me bring her secretly.
I really needed answers to my questions
I woke up with a slight headache.
I showered and changed then went downstairs
I was really surprised to see Clint again
Me: what are you doing here?
Clint: you don’t wanna see me?
He said and smirked
Clint: come and watch TV with me
He said and I sat down very far away from him
Clint: jeez, you’re too far
He beckoned on me to move closer
Me: no I’m good. Where’s my mom?
Clint: she went to her room to get her phone. She wants to order pizza for dinner
I sighed and looked away
He got closer to me and I immediately jerked
Me: hey, you’re too close
He held my hand and I struggled to remove it
Clint: your mom is really happy and proud of you
I still tried to free my hand but his grip was too strong and tight.
I got tired and stopped
Clint: she’s now proud of you
Me: no she’s not. She hates me, they all hate me. They think I’m a loser. I think I’m useless. That’s why they sent me away but I’m happy I met Blue and Cindy. They’re now my family and Blue’s mom is everything to me now. My real mom doesn’t want me
I began to sob.
He released my hand and pulled me to his chest
Clint: it’s okay baby. Pretty girls don’t cry okay?
I sniffed and stopped crying
I withdrew from the hug and wiped my tears.
But his hand was still over my waist.
Clint: you’re beautiful
Clint: I said you’re beautiful
I thought I didn’t hear well
But I guess I did
He said I was beautiful
I smiled shyly
My mom got down and saw us sitting close to each other
She chuckled and went to open the door when the bell rang.
I tried to shift from him but he pulled me to himself again
Clint : feel free. I told your mom that you’re my girlfriend
My eyes widened
Clint: hey chill, she’s going to respect you from now on. She is now proud of you. You’re dating a high class security official here
He winked at me
My mouth was still wide open
Is this guy okay at all?