The party is tonight, I bought a black gown, is either it or red, I choose black, courtesy of Eric black hoodie. I must be stupid, thinking of someone that don’t even care about my existence
“Come on ladies, we will be late” my dad screamed from downstairs, as if they put a timer for us, I came out the same time with mom. She is wearing red gown, thank God I choose black.
“The two most beautiful ladies in my life” dad said as his eyes shine with administration.
“Add important also” my mom always like praise, and my dad, love praising, they made a perfect match.
“Important, I just added it” dad said with a grin, he kissed her wrist and led her away like a new bride, I followed, now am invisible.
The party was already full when we got there, I found out from dad that its a birthday party, its been hosted by the most respected family. Probably the richest. “Barbara” I heard Amina called, I turned and wave at her, she then came to me, my parents turned at us.
“Am Amina, Barbara’s friend” she introduced herself, she really is a talker, they exchange pleasantries.
“Go be with your friends dear” my mom said, way to go, she is bow acting so elegant, I looked at my dad and he smiled, already knowing what I mean. I smiled back and left with Amina.
“Here come meet my parents” she said dragging me alonbow.
“Mom, dad, here’s the friend I told you about” she said as we stopped in front if two couple.
“Wow” I said as I saw her mother, she is by far the prettiest woman here “How are you dear” she asked
“Am fine ma, Goodeveing” I greeted.
“Evening my dear, hope Amina is not much of a trouble” she asked and Amina grunt
“No ma’am, she is nice and am glad I made friends with her” I said, I looked at the father he is talking with another man
“Dad you don’t want to say hi to my friend” Amina said, getting her father’s attention
“Sorry dear, what’s your name again” he said, with a nervous look, I guess he wants best for her daughter and don’t want to disappoint her “Barbara sir, Barbara Omeh” I said with a bow.
“Mr Omeh’s daughter” he asked, I nodded now feeling nervous, he turned to his wife.
“He is the engineer in charge of the shopping mall am building” he said to her, her my dad now have a house construction company and business have been good. “Good man he is” he said to me and I felt proud. “Thanks” I said.
“Go have fun” Amina’s mom said, and I left with Amina.
“I guess he’s not coming” Amina muttered, so she is actually waiting for Richie, today at the boutique she tried nearly all cloth, but ended up buying the blue gown, which looks good on her.
“Don’t strain you eyes princess, for here I stand” we heard Richie voice and turned, his wearing a dark blue tux and d–n he looked nice.
“Wow Richie, you dressed up pretty good” I said, he smiled and bow.
“I won’t want to disappoint my lady” He said “come dear let the introduction commence” he said with a smile, Amina who have her lips open followed like a puppy and Richie led her away by the hand. Way to go friend, you just abandon me.
“Now am alone with you” I heard Kevin said and I was glad, for all I see is couples drinking and talking, I turned to him with a smile.
“You look nice” he’s putting on a super dop with tux.
“Not nearly as you” he said roaming his eyes all over me “come on let me take you to the teen section” he said and we both walked away, he walked ahead and I followed. No holding of hands, I guess he is respecting my personal boundaries, or am not free with him.
After a while, we got there, its like a parlour, a big parlour, the one we left is a hall, I looked around and recognise some of the face, but really not acquainted with them. I saw Amanda sitting on Collins laps, the delinquents are here, except Henry and Eric, we discovered Henry is the poor guy, according to him, he had a quarrel with a rich kid and he took the blame, something that is clearly not his fault, but when his mother and father started laying petition, the rich kid father decide to send him to our school as a delinquent and also making up for his son mistake.
I sat down close to Kevin, I didn’t bother greeting anybody since am not that close with them, Amanda still gives me the stink eyes.
“I thought he would be here” A girl said sadly “Its his birthday, I thought so too” another added.
“Have you paid your respect to his grand parents” Amanda asked Collins “Yes, am surprised they recognized me, its been 7 years since they saw me” He said.
I wonder who they re talking about, it made them all seem sad, one thing I could figure from their conversation is the party is the guy and he didn’t show up. He is a moron if you ask me, its disrespectful not coming to your own party.
“He use to be happy” Kevin said
“Like you knew him?” Amanda said with disgust, and took Collins with him, why is she always the mean one. I feel so out of place here, I have nothing to say, Amina is not back, I decided to slowly slip away. Thank God Kevin didn’t notice. I started wandering the house, my God is big, one can easily get lost, I came to a hallway and saw pictures on the wall. I saw two old couple, I recognized them, they are the ones that hosted this party, and everyone went to greet them like they do in movies.
I saw another couples picture, they’re young, the husband have a great resemblance with the old man, if not for the mole differences in the young man face, you will think he is actually the old man in his younger age. I looked at the woman, she is beautiful, more than Amina’s mother.
“Wow” some people clearly are definition of beauty, I took a sip of the juice I have then looked down and saw the boy started beside the woman smiling. He look like the woman in a more devilish way. I wonder when they took the picture and why I didn’t see them here, well maybe they came. I looked at the boy again, he sure will be a lady killer when he grows, his eyes looked strangely familiar.
After watching couple of other pictures, I left then came inside the kitchen, wow beautiful, I saw a cake on the counter, looks so yummy I couldn’t resist the urge, I looked around and saw nobody.
“Nobody will suspect, just a small taste” I said and went towards it, I then threw away the now empty can of juice, and moved to the cake. I sliced out small, but got greedy after the first taste. It was heaven, the way it melts in your mouth, the warm taste, I closed my eyes to savour it.
“Barbie have been bad girl” I heard someone said I stumbled, and fell, I looked and saw Eric come out from the dark part of the kitchen where the center light hardly touch. He is holding my empty can, no wonder I never heard it hit the ground, I threw it to him and he caught it, I was too drawn by the cake to notice.
“We ought to stop meeting like this” he said and switched on the whole light. He is still with his holding and mask.
Now he’s going to tell everyone one how I stole a cake, what an embarrassment, he walked closer to me slowly, still no emotions, I want to rip out that mask.
He stopped just a foot away and took a slice of cake, he moan as he chew slowly,
“I don’t blame you barbie for wanting another, its heaven” he said, I watched as his lips move as he chew and I was dazed
“Thought, you would be at the camp” I stuttered “I snuck out” he said and took another bite. “Then why come here”
“Well barbie, I heard about a rich folks party in town, I decide to drop by and see if I can see any valuable” he said and I gasped “You came to steal?”
“At least I wasnt caught in the act like you” he said and I looked at the cake, I hate to admit his right. “Don’t mind me, continue eat, cause I might finish it alone” he said. I looked at the cake, its just too irresistible, I continued. We ate in silent, he was looking upfront and I was looking at him.
“Haven’t your mother reached you starring is wrong” he said and I felt embarrassed
“What kind I say, its not every day you see someone wearing a mask” I said and he scoffed, I looked and saw his lips curve, did he just smile. It lasted only a second but I clearly saw it, it made my heart beat faster it was ethereal, I felt proud for making him smile.
“If I don’t have the mask, I will give you a nightmare” he said, is he that ugly, from the small part am seeing he doesn’t look ugly.
“Is it a scar” I asked, above a whisper and he turned to me,
“Yes, very deep and ugly one” he said, I felt pity for him, I wish I can tell him I don’t mind, I wish, but it will mean nothing coming from someone like me. He went silent again, I want to make him smile again.
“You called me Barbie, but I guess you never know I can dance ballerina like her” I said and he looked at me.
“I doubt that” he said in a bored tone
“Then prepare to be amazed, monster” did I just call him that, way to go, it will make him feel bad
“Sure barbie” he said with a smile and it was heaven, I thought the cake was heaven, I was wrong cause clearly its Eric’s smile
Now I have to figure out what to do, cause I have no idea how to dance it, I took off my sandals, I took my step, I slowly raise myself, standing on my toes, the tried to spin myself around, I failed, worse I landed on my butt, the impart was painful I yelped.
The pain was numbed when I heard Eric laughed, full blow out laugh, I watch as he threw his head back laughing.
“That Barbie, was a poor demonstration of ballerina” he said as his laugh died down, he is now wearing a smile. How beautiful.
“I slipped” I said defending myself, he came and stretched out his arms to help me up
“Am sure you did” he said and I took his hands, it was warm, maybe is because he always have it tucked inside his pocket, but how do I explain the milky taste in my mouth or the goosebumps, or why my heart was beating so loud I fear it will fall out. How do I explain why every sound was tuned out, every image fell away, and am standing alone with him, with his eyes guilding me to his heart.
“This is my first time seeing a Barbie with a Zero skills for ballerina” he whispered and his vanilla scent hits me, mixed with the cake.
“Also my first, seeing a beautiful monster” I whispered back.