When I walked out to the the sitting-room, Aunt
Kiki was talking with a dark-skinned lady.
They both turned their eyes to me and I rolled
my eyes and headed for the staircase but Aunt
Kiki called me back.
“Isabel come back and say Hi to my friend.”
I sighed and reluctantly came to them.
“So Catherine, this is my niece, Isabel and
Isabel this is my friend, Catherine.”
I sighed.
What’s my business!
“Isabel, you are such a beautiful girl.”
Catherine said and hugged me.
I rolled my eyes.
She pulled away and with a broad smile she
said, “My house is the third after yours. My
husband and I are gardeners. I have a
daughter, Rose, she could come stay with you
sometimes.” she said.
I scoffed within.
“Alright Isa, go to your room.” aunt Kiki said.
I turned and climbed the stairs to the room.
Realising there’s no TV in the room, I layed on
the bed, wore my headset and took out my
tablet to play games.
But soon, I slept off.
When I woke up, it was dark already.
I took off the headset, dropped it on the bed
and stood up from the bed.
I found the switch and the lights came on.
I rubbed my eyes then walked over to the
window and drew the curtains.
The house after ours is almost like Aunt Kiki’s.
With stuttered windows and chimney.
The window directly opposite mine was open
and the creamy curtains danced at the touch of
the passing wind but I couldn’t see the inside.
It was dark.
I could also see the mainstreet and the street
lights and also few cars driving pass and
passing people, mostly people in rubber boots
and overcoat.
I sighed and closed back the curtain.
Just then, the door opened and Aunt Kiki
walked in.
“Isa, I came to check on you after Catherine
left and saw you sleeping. I know you must be
very hungry after dropping the cornflakes and
taking only a biscuit and juice.” she said.
My stomache grumbled instantly.
“Yeah I am!” I said.
“Well while you were asleep, I prepared a very
sweet sandwitch and mayonnaise. You’ll like
it.” she said with a smile.
I sighed.
Very much better.
“So Isa, your dad thought you could be safe
here, that was why he brought you over. You
know right?” she asked after we were done
eating and I rolled my eyes.
“Safe in what way? He forced me to be here
cos he wants me to be away from my best
friends. He think they are bad peers. I should
be spending my holiday in Sunmay beach, not
here in this boring cobweb old modern house.”
I said.
She smiled.
“It’s okay Isa, just stay a week and it will be
over. You should go take a shower now and
sleep.” she said.
I rolled my eyes.
“I just woke up from sleep. I’ll watch movies.” I
“Ohh great. I have lots of Kdramas, you will
love them. Ever heard of BBF? The Heir, A
playful kiss? Dream High? My personal
I rolled my eyes. “I hate Kdramas. I’ll watch
Nicklodeon rather.” I said.
She sighed, then shrugged, “But I love Korean
movies more, my daughter loved it too before
she.. she died.” she said and I sighed.
I heard the news.
My dad told me Regina, Kiki’s daughter fell into
the ocean and no one was there to save her,
she got lost or rather, she died and her body
was never found.
“Is that ocean around?” I asked.
She looked straight at me and let out a sad
smile, “Your dad told you?”
“No it’s not. It’s a fifty minutes drive from here.”
she said.
“But what did she went there to do?”
“She went for a search with her two school
friends, Mara and Elizabeth, then all I heard
was she was swimming and all of a sudden she
was lost in the ocean, her friends didn’t see her
anymore.. She was searched for in the ocean
but she wasn’t found. But there was something
I never liked about her friendship with
Elizabeth. I always had the feeling that
Elizabeth is not really human. Her behaviour
and her talks about waters and oceans.” she
I think I began getting scared.
I inhaled.
“Where is the Elizabeth now?” I asked.
“She lives with her sister some blocks away.”
“They live in this street?”
“Yes but not so close” she said.
I breathed out.
“Okay, Im going up to my room.” I said.
I don’t wanna continue this scary conversation.
“Aren’t you watching some movies anymore?”
she asked.
“No. I think I need to talk with my dad, then
sleep off.” I said.
She smiled.
“Alright Isa, goodnight. Have a sweet dreams,
may God Angels be by your sides and watch
over you tonight, Amen.” she prayed.
“Thanks.” I said and left for my room.
“Isa.” she called and I sighed and stopped.
“Aren’t you gonna say ‘goodnight’ to me too?”
I chuckled and turned to face her. “Goodnight
Aunt Kiki.” I said.
She smiled, “Thanks my beautiful niece.”
I turned and finally climbed up the staircase to
my room.
Seriously that was scary.
She was having the feelings that Elizabeth
wouldn’t be really a human.
Maybe a mermaid, sorceress or spirit?
And they live in the street.
God! I don’t wanna think about this. I better
just watch any movie on my phone or listen to
No I’ll watch a movie.
I searched through my tablet and settled for a
phillipine movie, ‘Bride For Rent’
It’s gonna make me laugh and help in making
me forget about Regina’s death, Oceans and

I played the movie and it began.
Two hours later, it was over and I was happy I
had nothing bothering me again.
I took my shower, pulled into my pink pajamas.
Just then dad call came and I picked up.
“How are you daughter?” his voice came in.
“I don’t know dad. Im missing so many things
already. I wish you could let me come back
tomorrow.” I said.
“No darling. You gonna be back but that is
after a week with your aunt.” he said.
“She’s got no maid dad and my bedroom is so
small.” I said sadly.
“You have to live in them, just the way there
are. You don’t expect everyone to be wealthy.
Learn darling, Im gonna transfer your aunt
money tomorrow for your upkeep. Don’t forget
to know that I love you.”he said.
I sighed. “Goodnight dad.” I said and dropped
the call before he could, Just he could know
that im angry.
But my Anger is not gonna make him change
his mind.
Maybe I should tell him about Elizabeth.
That might scare him.
I called him back…after a long ring, he picked
“What is it Isa?” he asked immediately he
picked up the call.
I breathed out, “Dad im scared.. Im really
scared here. aunt Kiki said a girl she think is
behind her daughter’s death is living in the
area. Dad Im scared to be here.. I want to
come back.” I said and began crying.
“It’s okay Isa dear, I’ll know what to do about
this. I think you gonna come back tomorrow. I
don’t want anything happening to you.” she
said and I almost jumped pass the ceiling!
My jump was so high. My head almost touched
the ceiling!
“Yeah dad! yes! yes! yes!” I said.
“I’ll talk with your aunt. Be careful ok. switch off
the lights and cover yourself well. Goodnight.”
“Goodnight dad.” I said excitedly.
The call dropped and I fell on my bed,
spreading wide my hands.
“Yes!! im so going back home tomorrow!” I
said, grabbed my headset, wore it, and played
‘Katy Perry-Teenage Dreams’
I stood up on the bed, began dancing and
singing loudly along.
Jumping crazily on the bed…
Waking up by a song and guitar playing..I
thought I still had my headset but I remember
vividly that I took it off when sleep came
rocking on my eyes.
But I still touched my head and my ear and
there was no headset.
The bedside lamp was the only light on.
I rubbed my eyes and sat up on the bed.
Now I could get it actually.
The song was coming from outside.
Really? who plays guitar at… I tapped on my
phone and the time said ‘2:15am’
Who plays guitar and sings that loud at this
I got out of the bed, walked to the window and
drew the curtains and there at the next house,
sitting on the shuttered window and facing the
high street was a guy in black shirt and black
trouser, playing a guitar and singing.
Woah even though it was night time, I could
see how his black hair curled to the side of his
face. I could see his handsomess from here.
His voice is super sweet. He sang with energy
and with smiles.
I watched him.. When he was done with the
song, he started another one.
This one more sweet and captivating.
I smiled and nodded my head along to the
sweet rhymes of the song.
After the third Verse, I could now sing along in
the refrain.
*****Don’t you ever say,
Maybe I might stay,
cos im never going away from you.
Something I believe
That im gonna live
Cos Im an Angel watching over you.
All day! All night!
Im your sun, im your moon and your stars.
Just believe
I’ll never leave
You are always in my heart
I laughed.. realizing I sang along with him.
His song is so captivating and the very way he
played his guitar.
Do he live in that house? Can’t he look over
here to see that someone has been watching
He look really handsome and im crushing on
him already.
Soon he began another song.
When I was a little boy
I thought I could reach to the stars and ride in
But hell no no no,
I could only jump a little upper and then im
falling down

I laughed.
Why would he think that, that’s crazy.
I watched him tell his childhood story all in that
song and it was very amazing.
His mom was a knitter and his dad a gardener.
Whenever he follows his mom to her knitting
shop, he’do try to knit ‘H’ but end up spoiling
his mom’s wools.
And when he’s with his father in the garden, he
love to mold the size of his dad shoe with sand
and then slid his two fit in just one.
He use to lie sick so he could miss school to
stay home and compose a new song.
He hated maths but loved his maths teacher
but he loved music and hated his music
When he was fourteen, he loved Loveth cos
her name was love thinking she’do be love but
she ended up being hatred and heartbreak, so
he named her Lotofhate instead of Loveth.
He never took a bus to school till he was fifteen
and so lots of others.
My childhood wasn’t that way.
I was always being carried to the bathtub.
Taken to the amuzement park.
Going to schools in private cars and not
allowed to touch anything in my dad’a mansion.
I felt sleepy again and after a brief look, I drew
close the curtain and layed back on my bed.
I could still hear him singing. Im sure I ain’t the
only one hearing him now.
Maybe aunt Kiki is and the whole
But he’s really handsome and his songs are so
so sweet.
I laughed as he sang the last line of his
childhood story.
***Never thought I was a child at seven untill I
wore dad’s coat and couldn’t find myself.****


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