I was busy eating my breakfast when Miss Fatima approach me.
"Good morning, Sarah," she greeted me.
"Good morning, Miss Fa- I mean, Mom."
She smiled at me. She sat on the chair in front of me and stir her coffee.
I looked at her.
"Please do not force yourself. I know that you are new to this. You don't have to call me "mom" or treat me as your true mother immediately. Of course you need to be comfortable in this relationship but I am not forcing you. I know that it will take time. For now, treat me as a close friend," she said to me.
"Thank you for understanding me, Miss Fatima," I said and I gave her my widest smile.
She hugged me tight.
Wow. This is a very overwhelming.
She stopped the hugged and sip some from her coffee.
"By the way,uhm. Fix yourself after breakfast. We are going to mall."
I finished munching my food before I answer her.
"Why? Are we going to buy something or just having a hang-out?" I asked.
"Well, we can have a hang-out. But the reason is we are going to buy new clothes for you. You don't have one right?"
I laughed when I realized that I did not bring any clothes when I leave Rhea's house. What am I going to wear?
"Ow. I remember. Since I don't have any clothes, what will I wear?"
"Oh my gosh. I forgot." She look around the house while thinking.
"Aha! I have some clothes that are already small for me. Maybe that will fit you. Is that fine?"
"Of course. As long as it is not revealing."
"So you don't like revealing clothes huh?"
I just make a nod as my answer.
After Miss Fatima parked her car, we walk inside the mall.
We bought several clothes for me. I just ordered t-shirts, long sleeves, pants, and shorts.
"Try this one, Sarah. Maybe it also suits for you," Miss Fatima said while showing me another longsleeve.
"Uhm, is it too much? We have bought several clothes," I said.
"No, dear. Look, those aren't enough. Those are just few amount compare to your old clothes. We have to buy for more. Okay?"
I just nod at her.
We continue to buy more clothes for me. She force me to buy dress, which I did not like. But she is very persuasive.
"Please Sarah? This really fits you," she pleaded me while holding a pink dress.
"Can't we just buy other clothes? I do not wear dresses."
After minutes of persuading me to buy the dress, I surrender.
"Okay fine. I'll get that dress."
After saying those words, she showed a big smile and clap her hands.
"I told you! That really fits your body!" she exclaimed.
We are in a queue in the cashier when I feel something.
"Can I go to the comfort room?"
"Of course. I will wait you here."
After removing the liquid that is needed to be removed, I wash my hands and leave the comfort room.
While walking back to the store, my phone rang. I looked who is the caller and I saw that it is Dad.
"Why did you call? Do you need something?"
(I just call to ask where you are)
"Oh. I am with Miss Fatima. We are here in the mall."
(Okay. Take care. I love you.)
"I love you too, Dad."
And then the call ended.
I am about to put my phone in my purse when I accidentally bumped into someone. My phone fell on the.
"Oh my god! My phone!"
I get it from the phone and check if it has any crack. Thank god it do not have any crack.
I open it to assure that it is working.
My heartbeat falls into normal when my phone still opens.
"Sarah? Is that you?"
That voice. I have heard that voice before.
I looked up and saw Mr. Dwyane.
"Oh. Mr. Dwyane. It's nice to meet you here," I said and I smiled at him.
He also smiled at me.
"What brought you here? Are you with Rhea?" he asked me.
That name. I have heard that name again.
"I am here for we are buying some clothes. And for your second question, I am not with her," I answered.
"But you said WE ARE buying, so it means that you are not alone."
"Yes. I am with Miss Fatima."
"Can I go with you? I want to visit Rhea."
"Oh my sorry Mr. Dwyane. I am not living with Rhea anymore,"
My answer made him froze.
"Did you just call your mom as Rhea?"
"Yes. And a no to the part that you said that she is my mom."
"Wait. I don't understand."
"I already left her. I am now living with my dad and Miss Fatima. I don't consider her as my mom anymore. She chose her property over me. That is an enough reason to leave. So if you don't mind, I will now go to Miss Fatima," I explained.
I walked back to the store and I found Miss Fatima waiting for me.
"Why did you took so long?"
"There are so many people inside the comfort room," I lied.
"Let's go. I am already hungry."
- - -
I can't believe it! Sarah said that Rhea is not her mother anymore. She also said that Rhea chose her property over her daughter.
I walk fast to reach the parking lot.I need to go to Rhea.
I need to know what happened and be clear of what is circulating in Rhea's mind.
When I reached Rhea's house, I click the door bell. After waiting for some seconds, their maid open the gate.
"Is Rhea inside?" I asked.
"Yes, Sir Dwyane. Please come."
The maid open the gate wide so that I can drive my car inside.
As I enter the house, I saw Rhea watching television.
"Rhea!" I called her.
She turned her head and smiled when she saw me.
"Hi Dwyane. Sit here beside me," she said.
Like what she said, I walk and sit beside her.
"What brought you here?" she asked while flashing a smile on her face.
"I am here because I want to see you," I answered.
"Oh. So sweet. I miss you."
She hugged and I also did the same thing.
"Uhm, the reason is not just I want to see you."
"What is the other reason?"
"I just want to ask you about your relationship with you daughter."
She stop for a while and answer.
"I don't have any daughter. If I have, that is only Samantha, but she is already dead."
Dwyane's POV"I don't have any daughter. If I have, that is only Samantha, but she is already dead."Wait- what? Is she serious?"W-what?""Why? Got any problem with that?" she asked.I do not want to have an argument with her, because I know in the end, she will win even if she is not right.Rhea does like to win everytime, and once she fail, she will not accept it. She will do everything to claim the top even if it leads to the destruction of other's life."Nothing. I am just shocked." I said."Please do not talk about that Sarah, or about Sandro. You are going to ruin my day.""I am sorry Rhea. I just want to clear things."She turned the television off before she answered me."If y
Miss Fatima's POV"I feel like I'm just missing, somewhere whenever you leave, " I sang.”We've got all the ingredients, except you loving me, " Sarah continued the song."And respectfully, " we both sang while Sarah is clapping her hands with the beat.We laughed at each other. I just can not imagin that Sarah likes the singer that I love, which is Melanie Martinez."How did you discover Melanie Martinez by the way?" I asked her while driving."My friend way back high school introduce me to Melanie. At first, I was not convince that Melanie is a great singer. But after I heard her song? My mind changed.""Melanie's songs are really meaningful.""So true, " she said.After that, the car was filled with silence. So I decided to play the radio to have some sound trip.After moments of being quite, Sarah speak.
Sarah's POV"That Rhea shouts at you in the restaurant?" My dad screams.He is very angry. Miss Fatima tried to hide what happened in the restaurant, but because there are several people who witnessed the scene, the news spread. Unfortunately, the news came to dad."Yes dad," I answered.I jumped in shock when he suddenly hit the table with his hands. I know that with his moves, he is already drowning in the waves of anger. I know him. Since I was a child, there are only few times I saw him being this angry."She is really unbelievable! I already give her all of the properties she needs but still, she did not stop on insulting the both of you," dad said. "I'll confront her.""No no no. Please. Let us just, forgive her. Maybe she is just stressed that time that is why she said that," Miss Fatima said while holding Dad's arms."No. I will not let her to insult you. Es
Sarah's POVI wake up peacefully today. Like what I am doing everyday, I smile and forget the problems that I have encountered for the past few days.I know that forgetting the problems is not the best solution, but will I let myself be drown in sadness? Of course not. So that I just smile and do several things for me not to remember the problems I am facing."Miss Fatima, are you going to your restaurant today?" I asked.She is fixing herself up so I think that she is going to her restaurant."No. I am going to meet my old friend," she answered."Oh.""But that will not take too long. We will just talk about our lives and after that, I will go home," she get her sling bag and walk towards me to hug a goodbye."I'll be home before 1pm. Be ready. Later we will start your piano lesson.""Okay. Bye."
Miss Fatima's POVToday is indeed a good day."It is nice to meet you again, Fatima," Sydney, my old classmate and friend, said while having shakehands with me."I feel the same," I replied."Maybe in other times, if we are not busy, we can hangout. I want to meet your husband and also Sarah.""It is my pleasure to introduce you to them. Bye. Have a safe trip to Spain," I said.She gave me a warm hug before leaving.Yes. She is now going to Spain for a business trip. She said that she will stay there for almost three months.Sydney is a very busy person, and also a successful businesswoman.I remember when we are still studying in highschool, we are in the same class. Our subject teachers are mad at her for she does not pass the requirements on time.Sydney is intelligent, but lazy. We
Miss Fatima's POV"Miss Fatima, am I doing well?" Sarah asked me."Yes. You are doing so good," I replied.Her fingers move so fast while playing the Bohemian Rhapsody in piano.While watching Sarah, my phone rings."Sarah?" I interrupt her."Yes?""I am going to answer this call. Just continue on playing."Her nod is a signal that I can leave and answer the phone call.I look at my phone to know who is the caller but the display is just a number."Hello? Who is this?"(Miss Fatima!)Wait! That voice sounds familiar!"Geneveive? Is that you?"Geneveive is my assistant. I feel nervous. She will not call me if there is no emergency in the restaurant.(Ma'am. Please go here in the restaurant. There is a very big
Miss Fatima's POVWe are still here in the restaurant, checking and analyzing the CCTV footage from the chef's area."Can you sat when is the time that the insects were discovered in the chef's area?" PO2 Lopez asked the old woman.The old woman thinks for some second before she answers the policeman's question."Maybe, before 12 noon. I am not sure."The police authorities started to look for the CCTV footage before 12 noon at this day. It took them only a few minutes to find the footage. They start at 11:30 am.We are just sitting still while facing the monitor and keeping our eyes landed on its screen.At the start of the footage, there is nothing suspicious in the chef's area. As usual, the chefs are cooking the orders of the costumers.We just watched the footage. After several minutes, there is still nothing to worry. The policemen
Sarah's POVI feel very frustrated when no one in Rhea's house opened the gate for me. I am here for more than 15 minutes, I kept ringing their doorbell, no one answered. I also shook their gate to get their attention but still, there is no response from the people inside."Excuse me," I get the notice of one of the homeowners in this subdivision."Yes? How may I help you?" he asked."Ahm, is the owner inside of her house? I want to talk to her. I kept ringing their bell but I get no response.""I don't think so. Ma'am Rhea just left her house not that much. Well, today, I only saw her left her house in time of the afternoon. I didn't notice her after that.""Thank you.""You're welcome. Just keep knocking or you may try to call her through phone." he said before he leave.Just like what he said, I continue on ringing their doorbell, and I did