The Nauseous Queen
Georgina wanted to drop the handbag to the ground, but then she looked and saw it was Prada.
Upstairs, as soon Rachel entered the bathroom to have a bath, she ran to the bag and opened it.
‘What are you doing?’ April whispered.
‘Shh!’ Georgina said.
She peered into the bag and her eyes became bulged. She brought out two Apple iPhones.
‘April, I told you!’ She showed April the phones. ‘This girl is a thief, see!’
She started to bring out the other items in the bag: expensive makeup items from major foreign designers, a box of tissue wipe, a small purple purse and a Nora Roberts novel.
‘Put those back, Georgina,’ April said to her.
‘Hey,’ Georgina cried, shrugging and ignoring April. ‘This girl is a thief o. A thief on the run!’ She held the bag and turned it over. A small brown notebook and a fancy pen and some other items fell out. ‘April, she is a thief, we can’t allow her to stay.’
‘How can you know that for sure?’ April asked.
Georgina pointed at the items. ‘Just negodu, look! Two iPhones, who does that?’ She picked a silver tube. ‘This primer alone costs nothing less than 10K.’
‘And you think some people can’t afford that?’
Suddenly, the shower stopped.
Georgina started to pack back all the items.
Rachel came out in April’s pink towel. ‘I’m sorry, can I get a light dress to wear?’ she asked April.
‘Check the wardrobe,’ April said.
She was checking through the clothes that hung in the wardrobe when her phone started to ring.
She turned. ‘Please pass my phone, girl,’ she said, referring to Georgina.
Georgina pretended not to hear.
Rachel stared at her and then went and took the phone herself.
She took the call and put the phone to her ear. ‘I’m fine, mum.’
‘I said I’m fine.’
‘Yes, I told him to go.’
‘I am somewhere and I’m safe so you need not to worry.’
‘Mum please! Bye.’ She ended the call.
‘Your mum?’ April asked.
‘Yes.’ She let out a tiny groan and shook her head. ‘Always so jittery.’
April smiled. ‘That’s what mothers do.’
Rachel turned back to the wardrobe and Georgina turned to stare at her with a grimace.
‘So are you hungry?’ April asked Rachel.
‘Okay, I think we can just make noodles and manage for the night, Georgina what do you think?’
Georgina gave an awkward smile. ‘Believe me, April dear, the last thing you want to hear now is what I think.’
Rachel finished wearing one of April’s gowns.
‘A nice fit,’ April said.
Rachel smiled. ‘Thank you. Would have fitted better two months ago when I haven’t put on this annoying weight.’
‘You still look nice,’ April said.
‘Okay, so what do you say about the noodles?’
Rachel almost winced. ‘I’m not that much of a noodles person,’ she said.
‘Oh,’ April said.
Georgina’s face contorted the more.
‘First time I had a noodles meal was in a restaurant in Tokyo, it is not an experience I’d like to revisit.’
‘Hahahahaha!’ Georgina fell over the bed, laughing.
Rachel turned to her, surprised. ‘What’s wrong with her?’ she asked.
‘Hohohoho!’ Georgina continued laughing.
April continued to shake head.
Rachel turned to April. ‘There should be a nice restaurant one can find a decent meal around here, right?’
‘Of course,’ April said.
‘We should go then.’
‘Okay, let me get my purse.’
‘Don’t worry, I have mine.’
Georgina did not stand up to follow them.
‘You not going with us?’ Rachel asked her.
Georgina shook her head. ‘I love noodles,’ she said with a sarcastic slur.
‘Oh well, that’s interesting,’ Rachel said. She turned to April. ‘Shall we go, darling?’
They left and Georgina pulled out of the bed and rested her chin on one hand.
About an hour and some minutes later, they knocked.
Georgina got up at the fourth knock.
She opened the door and April and Rachel entered, chatting and laughing like they’d known each other since childhood.
Georgina went back to sit on the chair. A plate of blank noodles and two eggs was on the table before her.
‘Oh crap!’ Rachel said.
April turned to her. ‘What?’
Rachel turned to Georgina. ‘Girl, can you take the plate of noodles to somewhere else please? The sight of it nauseates me.’
Georgina pretended not to hear.
‘Girl, I’m talking to you?’
Georgina stood. ‘Listen, I’ve been keeping quiet because you obviously don’t know who I am, but I must warn you, tread cautiously.’
Rachel only stared, incomprehension on her face. She turned to April and asked, ‘What is wrong with her?’
April said nothing and went to sit on the bed.
Georgina held Rachel’s arm and drew her back. ‘You want to know what is wrong with me?’
‘Crap!’ Rachel screamed instead and her hand flew to her mouth. She ran into the bathroom.
Loud retching sounds were heard.
When she came out, her eyes were red and teary.
‘Are you okay?’ April asked her.
She gave a weak nod and dropped to the bed.
In the morning, after praying, Georgina tapped her. ‘Hey, wake up!’
Rachel turned and then stretched out her arms.
Georgina tapped her again.
Finally, she opened her eyes.
‘Go and bathe, you will be late,’ Georgina told her.
‘Late for what?’
‘For the park. Which park are you using sef?’
‘I’m sorry whatever do I need a park for?’
‘A park is where people get buses to go to their destinations. Stand up and get ready.’
Rachel put one palm over her yawning mouth. ‘I’m sorry, my dear, but I’m not leaving today.’
‘I’ll be here till my brother returns.’
‘You must be joking!’
Rachel shook her head. ‘No, I’m not.’
Georgina turned to April. ‘April!’
She tapped April. ‘April!!’
April came awake. ‘Georgina what is it?’
‘Imagine this girl o! She said she is no longer leaving, that she would be here till whoever she came looking for returns.’
‘Oh,’ April said, quiet and doing nothing.
Georgina appeared surprised.
‘Sorry I forgot to tell you yesterday, Rachel will be here till her brother comes back,’ April said.
‘Not in this room!’
‘She is leaving! And this minute!’
Rachel quietly lay back to sleep.
Georgina slapped her leg. ‘Stand up, oso!’
‘Ouch!’ Rachel winced. ‘That hurts.’
‘You’ve not seen anything, now stand up!’
Rachel did not budge.
Georgina slapped her leg again.
‘Oh crap!’ Rachel’s right palm flew to her mouth. She struggled up from the bed and rushed into the bathroom.
As her retching continued, April turned to scowl at Georgina.
‘What?’ Georgina said, pulling a defensive look. ‘I didn’t do anything to her.’
April’s phone started to vibrate. She picked it from beside the mattress and checked the caller.
She smiled and took the call.
‘I’m great, and you?’
She laughed. ‘Silly! When are you coming back jor?’
‘Oh wow, can’t wait.’
‘Miss you too, honey!’
Georgina was staring at April with her face pulled back. ‘Who is that?’ she asked.
‘That’s Max, you’ve never met him.’
‘When did you guys meet that you are calling him honey?’
April smiled. ‘Max is just a friend. Great, but slightly unusual.’
‘You will meet him next week.’
The bathroom door opened and Rachel came out.
‘Are you okay?’ April asked.
Rachel nodded. ‘Just a little tired.’
‘So, I don’t know, do you like vomit all the time someone talks back at you?’ April asked her.
April’s brow became raised.
‘Naa. I just have a sensitive gut, that’s all.’
A knock came on the door.