Satan's Pet ~Part 11~

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Mariah and Aidan had gone back to their apartment and Nathanael had done a disappearing act.

We were standing in the living room staring at each other. I wonder what she's doing here. Did she want the bed back?

"I came to wish you a happy birthday and return something to you," her quiet voice floated around the room.

I choked when she said that, "What?"

She sighed and looked in her bag for something. When she found it she held out her hand. In her hand sat the gold locket grandmother had given me five years ago, the same locket my father had ripped from my neck and I had never seen it since.

"I've been meaning to return it to you, I just couldn't with your father always around and breathing down my neck." She said as I took the necklace out of her hands not saying anything.

"I see you've made some friends, they seem nice," she tried to make conversation.

I just nodded.

She looked around the apartment, "Seems quite big. Won't be so big once you get some furniture in here, though."

"I was just about to go out and find some," I told her. Not holding back the tone that told her I didn't want to talk to her.

She ignored my tone and looked at me smiling. "Lucky I came then. My gift to you should come in handy then." She started to walk towards the door. When I didn't follow she turned back towards me, "Are you coming?" she asked.

I narrowed my eyes at her, but followed her out my door and into the lift, going all the way to the garage under the building.

I followed five steps behind her, till she stopped by a car. She stared at me, and then held out a set of keys.

"What? Is it in the trunk?" I asked her.

She laughed. "No, silly. It's the car,"

I stared at her and then the car, my eyes widening and jaw dropping when I realized it was my dream car. An Aston Martin DB9. It was black with tinted windows.

"W-w-what?" I asked her.

"I know it doesn't make up for the way I treated you, Serena. But you have to know that I have never hated you. Never. I know I never said it or showed it, but I do love you." She looked at me, her eyes all watery. "I've always wanted a daughter and when I found out I was pregnant with one I was over the moon. But then when you were born you looked nothing like either of us. And we argued and separated and I was left trying to bring up you and Cameron, it was too much. Then your father demanded a blood test on Cameron to double check he was his. And during that we tested you too, you were our daughter but to look nothing like us. I was scared. I know nothing I say is good enough. But I had hoped somehow now that your an adult, we could somehow work this out. Talk." She looked at me with pleading eyes.

I was stunned, this was what I had always wanted, to finally be accepted. I stepped towards my mother and wrapped my arms around her waist and cried into her shoulder nodding my head.

She wrapped her arms around me, "Thank you, sweetie."

After a few minutes we broke apart.

"I wish I could stay, but I need to get back to your father and Cameron," she said wiping the tears off my cheek.

"Do you need a lift?" I asked.

She smiled and nodded her head. "That would be nice."

I had a drivers licence just no car to drive. But now I had my dream car, my mum wanted to get along, I finally got a friend, and a hot neighbour. Things were defiantly turning around for me.

My mum told me to drop her off at the end of the street. She gave me a kiss on the cheek and wished me happy birthday again before getting out the car.

I drove away smiling and made my way towards IKEA.

I was finished after an hour and a half. I had left after buying kitchen appliances, plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons, microwave, toaster, kettle, etc. I had also brought a sofa, bookcase, large TV, coffee table and some chairs for the counter in the kitchen and a large beanbag. They should be delivered tomorrow.

After I finished in IKEA I drove to Tesco to fill up my cupboards and fridge. After another hour of shopping I finally pulled back into the garage to the apartments.

Nathanael was standing next to my space.

"I wondered where you got to," I told him as I got out the car.

"Sorry. Thought I'd leave you to talk to your mum," he said.

"Well thank you," I kissed him on the cheek, then laughed when he blushed, "any chance you can poof all this to the apartment?"

He shook his head, "Sorry, I might 'poof' the cars, too,"

"And you wondered why I questioned your abilities," I laughed as I grabbed as much as I could and carried it toward the lift.

We had to make four trips to get everything upstairs.

While I put all the food away, Nathanael cleaned all the plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons and then put all of them away, too.

When we finished I had just enough time to grab a quick shower before going to Mariah's.

I dressed into a pair of long leggings and a long knitted sweater type top.

Aidan answered the door with a breathtaking smile, "Hey, just in time. Mariah was just dishing up."

Dinner was fun. Mariah never stopped talking and so I got to learn a lot about my new friends and neighbours. They were orphans, never knew their father and their mother died when they were born. Aidan kept making jokes about Mariah being dropped on her head when she was still a baby by their foster mother. It would explain her strange behaviour, I thought. They were nineteen and so they were finished with school. Aidan was a mechanic and Mariah was a waitress.

Mariah soon started asking questions about my family, so I decided to tell them the truth. That I was never accepted because of the way I looked.

"Really? I've never heard of anything like that before," Aidan said when I told him I looked the complete opposite to my parents.

"Wow, your family sucks. You're eyes are so cool and pretty," Mariah said to me, smiling. "They're what told me we were going to be really good friends. The best of friends."

Mariah then started to ask Nathanael questions about his family, but the sneaky angel brushed them off by asking her more questions and see the girl loved to talk she was happy to answer them.

The best part of the night was when Mariah asked Nathanael for his last name.

He hesitated to think something up before answering with, "Erm...Drakes."

I looked at him and he just shrugged his shoulders.

Looking at Mariah she seemed to pounder the name. "Mrs. Mariah Drakes," she muttered aloud.

I sputtered on my drink, spitting it across the table at Nathanael who at first was staring at Mariah wide-eyed then glared at me. Aidan was also glaring but he was glaring at his sister, probably thinking about that restraining order for Nathanael.

"No," Mariah said shaking her head. "It doesn't fit," she looked towards Nathanael. "Sorry, sweet heart but I'm going to have to dump you."

The look on Nathanael's face had me laughing so much I started coughing uncontrollably.

Aidan patted my back, until I quietened down enough to take a sip of my drink.

"Are you okay?" he asked shocked.

I gave him the thumbs up and smiled at him.

He returned the smile and then joined in the conversation with Mariah and Nathanael.

I watched my friends all talking and having a good time thinking, my life really was getting better.

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