I cried for a long time; nobody knowing why. I didn't tell anyone. I just kept working in the house. I still wondered what the mysterious man who lived here looked like.
Finally I snapped back into the present and went up to the second floor. We were almost done with the day. Tomorrow our masters or whatever had something to tell us. Ella had creased her brow but the other maid seemed oblivious. I wondered about that all night. It had been weeks since I had heard anything new. No one would tell me anything. "Sutton." A small voice whispered in my ear.
"What?" I said a bit exasperated. I was deep in thought and I wasn't in the greatest of moods. I rubbed my eyes. I was so tired. I hadn't slept well at all since I came to live at this place.
"I need to tell you something." Her eyes looked worried and ditressed. But why should I care? If she really did care about me she would tell me where I am.
"I'm busy." I snapped.
"Please." There was a pleading look on the skinny maid's face. "I already told the others. This is crucial." She got closer and in a very stern hushed voice she said, "Do not say no. Tomorrow they are going to tell you something. Something huge. Something that will freak you out. For your own sake, please, just go with it. I'm not in this. Only you three maids are. I'm here to help you guys. Sutton, listen to me. I mean it. Just say yes. Or nod your head. On your bed tomorrow morning will be a gown. Put it on, whether you think its pretty or not. Then do your hair. There will be makeup in the bathroom. Make sure you look your best. I will tell you and the others more tomorrow."And with that, Ella whisked away, leaving me to wonder what she meant by all of that. I didn't really know what to do. I didn't want to sit and think because I might get a little nervous. The whole Ella thing that just happened was just weird. There was nothing to clean. Nothing at all. The whole house was pristine. Mr. and Mrs. Ross and their son were never really here.
"Maybe I should check out that secret staircase." I whispered. I smiled deviously as I tiptoed upstairs. I mean, maybe I shouldn't, but there's something about it... I opened the door. The familiar smell of cologne and books filled my nose. It smelled, in a way, really good. Somehow calming. I made my way over to the staircase.
It was a metal spiral staircase. It wasn't welcoming at all, and yet I had the urge to give it a hug. Wow, that sounded weird. This creepy house is getting to me. I took a step towards it. I waited for sirens to errupt. Nothing happened. "Good." I whispered.
I put my foot on the first step and climbed up and up until I reached a balcony. The view was amazing. But all I could see were trees and more trees. It's like, where my kidnapper took me wasn't to hurt me, but to save me. In a weird way I was grateful. I know I miss my family and friends, but it hasn't been terrible to live here. Except for all the stupid secrets. I keep going back and forth. From hating this place to loving it.
As I thought, something caught my eye. A wooden door sat upon a pillar. Nothing odd about it. It was just a random door. But the pillar was so small, I wondered if it was a secret entrance or something. That would be so cool! But of course it probably wasn't. I made my way over to it when I heard voices coming from the ground. It was the masters. Returning from wherever they were.
"Crap..." I whispered to myself as I rushed down the stairs. I always get interrupted when I'm about to find out something. Maybe tomorrow I can find out what's behind that door. As we tugged on our pajamas, Ella started talking about tomorrow; again. She seemed really nervous. "Remember what I said, girls? About tomorrow?"
We all mumbled "Yeah".
Ella swallowed. "Well don't forget any of it. It is so crucial."
I butterfly flapped in my stomach. I really wanted to know why Ella was so on edge. We all said our goodnights and fell asleep.
I woke up in the morning and jumped out of bed. Sure enough, a long strapped gown laid on my bed. While the others slept I went into the bathroom and began to get ready.
I hopped into the shower for a quick wash. I was really excited. Maybe the others were nervous, but I was anxious to know anything new. I dried off and put my pajamas back on. It wasn't a big deal, they were clean and I didn't want to put my dress on yet.
Everything Ella had said had come true. There was makeup and hair stuff. I was a little excited. I hadn't gotten dress up in a long time. I worked hard, making sure I looked perfect. I carefully put my makeup on, did my hair and sat down to drink some juice. I wasn't going to not eat, that would make me sick. Just then, the others started waking up. All except for Ella. Belle gasped when she saw me. "Sutton! You look gorgeous!" She smiled, spreading her pink lips across her face.
Even Heather, the girl I don't exactly get along with, widened her eyes. "You do look pretty." She grinned slightly. "Do we get to do that too?"
"Yeah! We get to do whatever we want! As long as we look pretty. Then you put your dress on."
They chattered excidetly as the two walked over to the bathroom. I heard them laughing and having a good time. I walke over to my bed and looked at the dress. It was beautful. It was light blue with an interesting design that covered the belly. The back was low and there were two straps that criss-crossed over the back. We all slipped on our dresses. Heather wore a bright red long dress that hung off one shoulder. It had diamonds around one shoulder that sparkled so much, I wondered if they were real. Belle had a long black patterened dress. Since she always wore flats, they gave her heels to wear with the dress. They both looked stunning. And of course, so did I. We began to laugh and pose like we were on the runway.
I forgot about being at this strange house for those few moments and we all just giggled together and talked. I learned alot about them. Heather was the lead drummer in a girl band and she had been here for over three months. Belle on the other hand, had been here for five months. She left behind her family and friends as did I. Not like any of us had a choice though. Then we started talking about this weird thing with dresses. We were interrupted by Ella's small voice calling us to come up.
We all looked at each other nervously. "Hope for the best." I whispered to them as we slowly climbed the stairs, our heels clicking as we walked into the living room. Mr. and Mrs. Ross sat in chairs on a deck as we stood in line in front of them. I have no idea what they were doing. I guess it felt like they were surveying us, but I couldn't exactly tell. Suddenly Mrs. Ross spoke.
"Well, ladies. You all look beautiful. I am sure that Ella told you all about the big news? Well we aren't going to waste anytime. But first, you must meet our son." She smiled proudly and gestured towards the archway. "Come in here, Daniel."
A man walked swiftly in. "No need for the big intro, mother." He said bored. His voice was clear and stern. He faced his back towards us. "Why now?"
"BEcause they are here. And we are running out of time." A deep voice whispered. Probably, Mr. Ross.
"Lets get this over with." DAniel turned around to face us. He was extremely hot. I've never seen someone so good-looking in all my life. He had kissable lips that were drawn into a tight line. His hair was black and slighlty long and he was muscular; trust me, you could tell. He had piercing green eyes that probably made girls swoon. His skin was a little lighter than his parents and he wore a stylish outfit. But I certainly didn't like him. I wasn't exactly ready to date, I just wanted to relax a little.
The other girls were breathless. I imagine that they had never seen him before because Ella just stood here looking at her nails while they looked like they were about to pass out. I giggled silently to myself. "You girls will stay here and get to know him. We will be...out." Mr. Ross said suspiciously. Then they both shuffled outside, leaving us with Daniel.
I know I should have been focused on talking to Daniel, but I could think about was that weird door. It was so intriguing. And another weird thing was that it was up there in Daniel's room and the maids weren't supposed to go up there. So that must mean it was a secret that they didn't want anyone to know. Or maybe they didn't even know it was up there.
I was interrupted by Daniel clearing his throat. "So, what's your names?"
I waited for Heather to speak. I figured she would say something first, but instead she just stared at him with a stupid look on her face. Same with Belle. I rolled my eyes and spoke. "I'm Sutton. That's Heather and this is Belle." I gave him a smug smile.
Oh, hi." He seemed kind of caught off guard. He cleared his throat and said,"Well, I'm sure you all know who I am."
"Of course." Belle purred.
"Definetly." Heather quickly added.
I looked around. They were all looking at me. I rolled my eyes again and said, "Yeah, sure."
Daniel looked at me and gave me a confused I-don't-get-you look. I laughed to myself. I had gotten that look so many times back in my old town.
"Well, lets see. Ella, can you leave please? I want to talk to them alone. So we can get to know each other."
That made me kind of nervous. But whatever, I brushed it off. We started talking, but mostly me. The others were too engulfed with how hot he was.
I learned a little from talking to him. First of all, he was eighteen. Just like all of us maids. He said he hated living with his parents and he wished he could just move out. I asked him why and he said that he just can't. I guess I was the only one that thought that was odd. Whatever, I had gotten used to weird things and people not understanding me when I try to tell them about something suspicious in this house.
It started to annoy me that I was the only one who COULD talk to Daniel. "So when are your parents coming back? I kind of want to know what the big secret is."
He looked surprised and said, "Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I'm sure they will be home soon." For some reason he got really solemn after that. Just then his parents came in. Finally! "So you ladies are probably wondering where you are." Mrs. Ross spoke in a loud clear voice.
"Yup." I said under my breath.
"Well, we have brought you here because you are all special. We can't tell you everything, but one of you girls are destined to marry our son. And you will know who you are later on. We don't even know yet, but one of you will marry this man." She pointed to Daniel.
Ella looked back at me with pity in her eyes. My heart sped up and little beads of sweat formed on my brow. They're going to force one of us to marry him? This is weird, this is too much. We are all eighteen! We don't want to be bogged down with marriage!
"Um, if we aren't the, um, 'chosen one' or whatever, do we get to go home?" I asked hopeful.
Daniel coughed and Mr. Ross looked at me and said, "No. You will stay here and be a slave to the newlyweds. I'm sorry, but we can't just let you go, you already know too much."
Either way I have to stay here? I'm eighteen! I have a life to live! And now I...can't. I felt dizzy and I stumbled back a little. "Are you okay?" Belle whispered.
I didn't answer. I ran out of the room and up the stairs. I knew where I was going. To that door. It might be a secret hideout. Somewhere where I can just sit and think for a while. I heard some calls after me. Whatever, I just ignored them. Let me get my punishment later. I am SO stupid! I can't believe I did that! They're probably going to make my life living hell now. But one thing really stood out for me. The whole way up there I kept asking myself; what the heck did they mean by 'special'. I don't know about the others, but I was a normal girl trying to get through life just like everyone else. Of course until they KIDNAPPED me!!!
I stepped onto the balcony and walked swiftly towards the door. It was cold and dark out and it gave me the chills. Not because it was cold though. I hesitated for only a moment. I turned the knob and opened the door. My eyes grew big and my mouth dropped open.
"Oh my gosh..." I whispered. Wondering what she saw? Make sure to read the next chapter! Which will be done as soon as possible! THANKS FOR READING!!! RATE AND COMMENT PLEASE!!!!(:
“Secrets are made to be found out with time.”
Not Knowing...Ch. 3
Jan 20, 2012 by Senti88
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