(What happened to her?)
By: Faith Lucky.
I walked around the mall and was beginning to feel impatient already.
Gosh! It was so difficult getting a good dress over here. I mean, I couldn’t find anyone that suited my test.
I grumbled and continued looking around.
Suddenly, I saw someone that caught my attention. Hm. Royce.
He appeared to be shopping as well as he faced the jewelries show glass.
I smiled and went to meet him.
“Royce” I called as I stood behind him and he turned to look at me.
“Hey. Annabel” he also called, sounding surprised.
“Hi…” I smiled, revealing all my dentition.
“How’re you? And what’re you doing here?” He asked.
“Oh! Just dropped by to get some clothes”.
“Oh, really? Well, I also dropped by to um…just get one or two jeweleries”.
“Hm. I see. Are they for my sister?”
“Yeah, yeah. Of course”.
I stared at the floor and batted my lashes, then moved closer to him.
“So…how’s work?”, I asked tenderly as l lifted my hand to his collar.
“Uh…work is fine. I actually need to go now” he replied and brought my hands down from his body, then turned back to the jewelries show glass.
There were no customers or attendants around.
“Royce” I called softly and held him from behind.
He flinched and pulled me away.
“Annabel! What’s wrong with you?” He asked, alarmed.
“Come on, Royce; chill will you? Don’t act like you don’t like me” I rolled my eyes at him and he scoffed.
“Like you?? Are you kidding me? What are saying, Annabel? I’m in love with your sister and you know it”.
“Oh, please! Stop acting like you really love her. All you feel for her is infatuation”.
“That’s a bloody lie. I love your sister with all my heart and I’m gonna be proposing to her real soon”.
“Oh!” I muttered and folded my hands.
Hm. Proposing to her.
“So…” I paused and chuckled.
“You wanna get married to her.
“Well, I’ll prove to you she doesn’t deserve your love”.
And with that, I walked away.
I knocked on Annabel’s door but didn’t get any reply and slowly, I pushed the door open and went in.
“Annabel?” I called as I traced my steps into the room.
“I’m coming!” She replied from the bathroom and I nod and sat on the bed.
I took in a deep breath.
I hope this gets to work out.
What I’m about to do – the question I’m about to ask her, only the real Annabel could answer it.
So, if that lady in there is an imposter, then it’d be easier to find out because she wouldn’t be able to answer the question.
I clasped my palms together and waited and after a while, she came out of the bathroom, drying her body with a towel.
“Hello sister”, she smiled and went to the wardrobe.
“Hi Annabel. How was school today?”, I asked.
“Urgh! It was boring, I swear.” She replied and giggled.
I watched her as she took out a short dress from the wardrobe and wore it on.
“So, is there a problem?’ She asked, making me raise my brows at her.
“Really? Does there have to be a problem before your sister comes to see you in your room?” I asked and she laughed and sat close to me on the bed.
“Of course not sis. I was just curious” she replied and hugged me.
“You know, Annabel, I was thinking” I said after the hug.
“Maybe we should go for a tour one of these days; you know, just like we used to. I’ve really missed all those beautiful moments of ours”.
“Hmm. True. Same here”, she replied with a wishful look.
“Maybe, this time around, we’ll visit countries like China, Paris, India..”
“Nah, nah nah. Not india”, she cut me off and I laughed.
“Why not? Why don’t you like India?”
“They’re so…poor” she replied and we laughed together.
“Anyway, I’m sure you’d want to go to Korea again”,I said.
“Yeah. I’m sure you’re missing your crush already.
“Remember the first day we had gone there, you met that cute guy and fell in love with him immediately. Gross. He was more like your first crush and you wouldn’t stop talking about him.
“But unfortunately, he didn’t pay attention to you. It broke your heart so much, you nearly cried. Urgh! What was his name again? Um…I think I’ve forgotten. But you, you’ll never forget his name. What was his name, Annabel?” I asked and looked at her in the face.
Immediately, I noticed a diffident look in her eyes.
“His…His name?”,she stuttered, a little crack in his voice.
“Yes, Annabel. What was his name?”
By: Faith Lucky.
“His…His name?” She stuttered, a little crack in her voice.
“Yes, Annabel. What’s his name?”
She paused and smiled feignly, staring at the floor.
“How can ever forget his name? It was Sang-Ook” she replied, making my eyes droop.
What? She got it!!
That was his name!
“I had really crushed on him so hard” she continued in a wistful smile.
“Too bad I didn’t have the chance to be with him” .
I stared at her dumb founded, not knowing what to say.
I…I was thinking she’d be unable to get the answer.
“Vanessa, are you alright?” She asked, probably surprised at my sudden silence.
‘Of…Of course. I’m fine” I replied with a nervous smile.
Then, I stood up.
“Um…I’ll just be in the room with the rest of the girls”,.
“Really? Okay, then.goodnight”, she said and gave me a parting hug.
“Goodnight, dear” I replied quickly and left the room afterwards.
As soon as I shut the door behind me, I paused for a while and thought.
Annabel was able to answer the question. If really were an imposter, then there’d have been no way she’d have been able to answer it.
So, does that mean she’s Annabel?
I walked into the room and met Renee and Esther who were waiting anxiously for feedback.
“Hey, how did it go?” Esther asked immediately, opening her palms.
“Is she really Annabel?” Renee asked.
I sighed and sat on the bed and explained everything that happened to them.
“Oh, My God!” Esther Exclaimed.
“You mean she answered the question?” Renee also asked, disappointment echoing in her voice.
“Yes. And I’m…kind of fazed right now. She answered it without stress or faltering” I replied.
“So…does that mean she’s Annabel?” Esther asked the same question in my mind.
“I don’t know. And that’s the problem. Only the real Annabel can answer that question.’
“But, if she’s the real Annabel, does it mean she’s responsible for everything that’s been going on?”
“Thats the problem. How did she get to change so swiftly?”
“Guys,” Esther called and we turned to look at her.
“Do you remember the day I had gone into her room and almost read through her diary? And when she came out of the bathroom and met me with it, she almost ate me up”.
“Are…you tryna say she’s hiding something in her diary?”, Renee asked.
“Yes! And I think the answers we need might be in their diary”.
A short silence stepped in.
“I think you’re right. But, how do we get to read the diary? She’s never gonna give it to us willingly” I said.
“Maybe she doesn’t have to give it to us willingly” Esther said.
“I have a plan” she added with a smile.
“I’ll be waiting downstairs” I told my sisters as I stood outside the door of their room.
“Okay, Annabel. We’ll be there shortly” I heard Renee reply and I went ahead to take the stairs.
I walked out the sitting room to the balcony and waited for them and after a while, they all arrived.
“Hey, look who’s looking good to go to school today” Esther teased as they approached me and I laughed.
“Well, one needs to look good always”,I rolled my eyes and we went to the parking lot and took our rides to our different destinations.
My sisters and I returned home shortly after we all left with Annabel, claiming we were going to the office.
Well, that was the plan.
We were to leave the house together like we used to. She’d go to school while we pretend we were going to the company.
Then after a short while, we were gonna come home and search for her diary. At least, that way, we can be sure she won’t be around to stop us.
“Are you sure we’ll find it?” Renee asked as we opened her room and walked in.
“Well, we can’t be sure till we try” Vanessa replied.
We stood in the middle of the room and looked around.
“Okay; where do we start from?” I asked, running my eyes around.
“I…don’t think we should start from anywhere”, Vanessa smiled and walked over to the wardrobe.
The diary was right on top of it.
“You found it!”, Renee exclaimed and we both ran to her immediately.
She sat on the bed and held the diary.
“So…you guys are positive we should be doing this, right?” She asked and Renee and I looked at each other.
“Well, of course. We need to know what’s going on with our sister”, I replied and she nodded and looked down at the diary.
Then, slowly, she opened it.
She flipped pass some pages, probably looking for the date we were interested in – the day after the party.
And finally, I think she found it.
“Have…Have you seen it?” Renee asked immediately, but she didn’t reply.
“Oh, my God;” she gasped and covered her mouth with her palm.
My heart was now beating like a party drum.
My eyes dilated with a gush of curiosity.
“Vanessa?” I called and a tear escaped her eye.
“What’s written in the diary???”