Uh, that doesn't go in there." Ama corrected as Nilo tries stuffing his mouth with three slices of bread. Just one word for me. Gross.I was sitting in the living room with my face sharing the same oxygen with my book. You could also say I was reading but with my siblings here, I don't think I can call it 'reading' anymore.
"Yes it does." Mumbled Nilo while opening his mouth to show the half chewed bread.
"Ewwww." Ama cried. "That's gross." She announced.
"Mama, Nilo's eating with his mouth full!" She yelled running to the back yard.
"Genilo." Mom scolded from somewhere in the house.
"Haven't you learnt anything about manners?" She sounded a little frustrated.
"Not really" he had the cheek to reply. I could already imagine mom storming into the room but she didn't. Thankfully.
"Chi?" Mom called
"Yes ma?" I muttered under my breath knowing exactly what she wanted.
"I need you to quickly get us some milk", exactly what I thought.
Why couldn't Nilo do it?. This was another reason I preferred to stay in my room. Call me lazy but that's Chikamara Kidjo for you. Take it or leave it.
"Okay" I replied after grabbing mom's credit card from the shelf.
After twenty minutes, I arrived at the small supermarket closest to our house because I knew how I felt about walking the extra mile when I could always get it quicker.
After getting what I needed and paying I started walking back home. I spotted a small red car in the driveway it had a familiar thing to it but I couldn't place my finger on what it was about it that seemed so familiar.
Ten minutes into my walk, I heard the faint sound of a engine. I casually looked over my shoulder and spotted the same red car I had spotted at the supermarket earlier. Why was it following me?. Maybe I'm just overthinking at this. I changed paths but could still hear the engine of the car. I started to panic.
Don't ask me what happened but I know I was now hiding behind a huge trash can in a dark alley. Not the best hiding place but it still served my purpose.
If this guy or whoever was stalking me wanted to get me, he for another thing coming his way.
I felt large hands grab by shoulder and the other hand came over my mouth. I felt myself being held against the front of the person as they held my wrists behind me with. I bit the palm of the man which cause him to release my mouth.
"What in hell?" I recognised that voice and turned around quickly to meet a pair of familiar hazel eyes which I knew from school.
"Mark?" I said breathlessly as I recognized him,
"Why on earth are your stalking me?, I almost died of fear you know?" I yelled at him outraged. I mean who stalks someone they know and then chases them like a kidnapper.
"I thought you wanted to kill me or something"
"I'm sorry" he blurted "I had no idea your were scared" oh no he didn't.
I was about to reprimand and roast him when I felt searing pain from my ankle. I hissed and crouched to inspect it when I noticed slight swelling. I must have twisted it while running for my poor life.
"Oh Goodness" Mark exclaimed. I was surprised. No f words?. So Americans who didn't use swear words existed (I'm not trying to imply anything by this statement but he was a jock. I was expecting that from him).
"Can you walk?" He asked as I tried taking a step and the pain was something else.
"I don't think so bu-"
I didn't get to finish my sentence when I felt myself being carried up as I shrieked.
"Put me down" I squirmed
"Not a chance" he said as he opened the passenger seat of his car and placed me in it carefully. He got in and started driving.
When we finally reached my house, I looked at him with confusion on my face.
"How do you know where I live?"
"You're neighbors with Chris and he keeps reminding us all the time so I took a guess ".
After parking in the driveway, he came over to my side and carried me again.
After making his way to the door and knocking, the door was answered by mom but the next thing I heard was a slap. Being given to Mark. No doubt. Suddenly darkness overtook my vision and thoughts. I think I slept.
What a day.
The trees, the grass, the garden.....
The beautiful scenery in front of me demanded my attention as I watched the wild life interact. A doe and it's fawn made their way to the stream cautiously but something happened. It was like mother nature didn't want them to survive. The river started to run dry. The water decreasing at an unusual pace. The doe runs off. Leaving her little one behind. I felt a sharp pain in my chest region as I heard the sorrowful cry of the young fawn started making sorrowful noises. The clouds darkened. The wind soared, picking up leaves and uprooting weak shrubs. The fawn mysteriously disappeared. Even with the impeding storm, I didn't feel anything. It was all happening and I couldn't feel anything but I was under the rain. It was like something was shielding me. I felt protected even as the rain beat the earth relentlessly with so much force that I imagined the earth shaking. I closed my eyes not liking the way the storm was having it's wicked way with the earth. I felt a force pushing me in my mind. I pushed against it as the train quietened just a little until... then it stopped suddenly. The dark clouds parting to reveal the dazzling sun which shone like the afternoon sun in Nairobi ... My past home. I missed there. I wanted to go back but didn't want to stay alone because as long as I was with my family, I was happy.
"Pink or yellow?", asked Ama as she held the pencil colors for me to see. I pretended to think before answering.
"Blue" a frown graced her delicate features as she replied
"Princesses don't wear blue" she said choosing to go with the yellow and ignore my advice.
"Who says blue isn't a princess color?" I asked feigning interest
"Everyone". I rolled my eyes at the vague answer.
"Don't say 'everyone' if it's just your friends who say so" she made to speak but I cut her off
"You're wearing blue and you're a princess" I paused as her eyes widened and she shuffled closer to me. I chuckled at her curiosity. Guess it runs in the family. A whole family of curious cats "or you aren't a princess anymore?"
"No" she blurted "I mean yes, I am a princess"
"So it's settled" I said "blue is a princess color and don't let you're friends tell you otherwise. OK ?". She nodded furiously making her soft wild curls bounce on her head.
I was currently in the living room pretending to read as I thought about the dreams. I was now having them frequently and I always seemed to revive nature, heal animals or control the weather.
I sneaked out into the back garden which my mom had been taking care of since we got here. I was going to try to do what I always did in my dreams.
After placing the flower pot of the dying white rose min had tried nurturing but failed on front of me, I sat on the floor with the grass serving as a cushion. After getting comfortable, I stared at the plant and tried imagining coming back to life. Nothing happened. I frowned and tried again. Nothing happened.
After three tries, Nilo came to call me in for dinner. I quickly took the flower pot containing the dying white rose up to my room.
"So, Chi" Nilo said . I narrowed my eyes at him. "What were you doing in the garden this evening before I called you in?"
"Meditating" I lied. He didn't look convinced. I can't say I blame him.
"Meditating" he repeated as he dropped the subject to my relief.
"Come on Kidjo, just one more""But it's so hard"So here I was climbing stairs with Chris. Yep, you heard right. Climbing stairs. I made a deal with Chris that I'd join him on his morning walks and workout on weekends and I'm regretting ever making this deal.***"Come on, it's just a spider" I said like it was nothing "just pick it up""What if it has poison in it and I end up paralyzed for the rest of my miserable life? " he asked as I watched the visible fear on his face. I just found it really amusing that Mr. Strong and mighty was scared of a harmless spider."Okay, I'll make you a deal" I found myself saying. His eyes narr
She was beautiful. I sighed contentedly as I snuggled in my bed to start my new book. Yes, I am a book lover, who would have guessed."Nice PJs k" I heard the familiar voice as I looked up to see Chris at his window. Today he wore a tank top that showed off his muscled arms and broad shoulders. I became subconscious as I looked down at what I was wearing. A silk top with small straps and short shorts. I looked back up to see his gaze on me."Uh, thanks?""What you reading?" He asked as I listened to his morning voice. No doubt he just woke up but his hair was wet and stuck to his forehead so he must have been up for a while. I held up the back of the book in his direction as I heard him chuckle."What's so funny about my book?" I asked looking at him in confusion"Nothing" he raised his hand in surrender "but how can I see the title if your of your book if you're in there on your bed
Somewhere in the forest ...He flipped his pancakes on the pan whilst whistling to himself. He was the only one living in this lone cabin. Surviving on hunting down the wildlife. He wanted this life. An escape from all the buzz of his turbulent life. His parents couldn't care less about him seeing as he had chose this sort of life.The only close members of his small family were his grandmother, who hated the spot light life and fast cars and Lily, his most trusted st. Bernard. She was his next confidant after his grandmother passed away. After listening to the news on the local channel on the radio, he started preparing for the upcoming storm. After inspecting his underground basement, he decided that if Lily and him wanted to survive
Bang!!!.I heard a gunshot. It shook me."I didn't know anyone lived in this forest and not this far into it" I thought.I waited after several heart beats before deeming it safe to peer over the large rock which I hid behind and spotted the bear dead where he had stood not too long ago.I gasped as I felt a odd ache in my chest. Seeing him dead and lifeless did something to my being that made me sad and depressed.I ran over to him. Gathering his large head in my thick laps and kissed his head. I don't know how long I sat there cradling his head like I could bring him back before I approached the river gently and with caution because there was a good chance that whoever shot the Bear was still watching.After drinking to my heart content, I splashed water on my face letting it calm my nerves. Closing my eyes for
Ramon sat on a chair beside the bed where the unconscious melanin beauty laid. She must not be older that her teens he presumed as he watched her clutch at the sheets while her breathing increased.She had been unconscious for four days now and if not for her rapid breathing and small words every now and then, he would have thought get dead. The doctor which he has immediately called after placing her on the couch on the living room, arrived after the storm had quietened down, told him she was in a kind of state due to shock but other than that she was alive but there was a catch. If she didn't wake up any time soon, she was liable to die of hunger. He stood from where he sat and made his way to the kitchen. After preparing the soup in a can he has prepared, he took the soup in a bowl on a tray to her room. After placing the soup on the bedside table, he went to the door to check if Lily was back from her mornin
After my phone call, I padded across the hardwood floor to what I assumed to be the living area.For a cabin out in the woods, this place was huge. I searched the large area before my eyes rested on Ramon.He hadn't noticed my presence in the room so I took my time taking in his appearance in the brighter light of the living room.His hair looked even more bleached, it was almost white falling over his eyes as he concentrated on the book in his hands.He was hunched over with his eyes skimming over the words slowly like he was taking his precious time to drink in the words of the book.I finally decided to make my presence known by clearing my throat softl
"You know what?""You were so right about our cheating boyfriends but we were so blind to see through our apparent love for them" Chloe finally concluded.So here I was back in school but we were in first period waiting for our teacher and we decided to catch up.I missed this no matter how much I claimed I hated it. Chloe updated me on anything and when I say anything,I mean anything and everything including the details such as time, date and location. Yes. Location. She's that deep.I haven't seen Mark yet or Chris or any member of the baseball team. Sigh."Kamara" Chloe whined "what's on your mind?"I couldn't tell her. Or could I. I weighed the pros and cons. Pro: she would finally know I like him and can also update me on his movements. Con: she could totally tell him I liked him and I don't want him finding out from her. Right?. Pro: I would
Graduation was slowly creeping up close. It was three weeks away. Chloe and I had already discussed our plans for college. I was sad and disappointed to know we would be going to different schools."I'm going to miss you" she pouted" I won't " I said with feigned boredom resulting in my pillow being thrown at me. I dodged easily."I'm kidding, I'll miss you more"I told her as we continued with our assignments."Hey Clo?" I called her with my eyes glued to the textbook in my hands."Do you thi-""Wow" Chloe uttered as she opened my window which I had closed earlier so we wouldn't get distracted and start talking about Chris. I have had enough of him to last me a lifetime."I didn't know your room was directly opposite HIS room" she put emphasis in the his like there was a hidden meaning to her words."Chloe, please come