"Nothing, absolutely nothing is changing my mind this time." Korina huffed in frustration as she looked at the now halved black comb in her hand.
It broke while she was trying to comb her hair.
"Nah, I don't think dreads would fit you."Daniella said.
She stood up from the bed and pulled some part of korina's hair playfully.
" ooouuch."She slapped her hand away and gave her a threatening look.
"I am honestly tired of my hair, it's hard to comb, hard to detangle, always breaking combs! It's frustrating, ugggh!" She complained further.
"Try combing it again!" Daniella suggested, "But with this, this time."She said handing Korina another comb.
Korina took the comb and began combing.
"You see it works!" Daniella said in excitement as she saw Korina combing effortlessly.
"Oh God!!!!"Korina screamed and looked at her palms, this was the fourth comb breaking today.
"That's it." She stood up, "To the saloon."
The hairdresser finished up and turned korina to face the big rectangular mirror.
"Wow, I look amazing." Korina said gazing into the mirror as she felt her hair with her fingertips.
"I know right! I told you dyeing blonde would make it look gorgeous."He stated as he rubbed his palms over her hair appreciating his master piece.
"Damn girl!Your hair has got me wowed." Daniella said from behind.
She had been outside the saloon, she advanced towards them and stared at the back length blonde dreads.
"Told you dreads would look good on me." Korina said.
"Guess this new look isn't so bad for your upcoming 21st birthday, I am so excited!" Daniella said with so much enthusiasm and was a little too loud, most of the people at the shop stared at them.
Daniella rolled her eyes and faced Korina.
"Let's get out of here, I am starving."
It wasn't the darkness or silence dominating the apartment that sent shivers down Korina's spine. It was the fact she felt that she was certain someone was watching her this time.
Since she began receiving all the mysterious, creepy, sweet messages, she concluded she was being stalked.
Private number -happy birthday my love, you are so perfect, so beautiful,Perfectly made for me.I hope you love the gifts I got you, as I am sure you have loved others.
Till we meet, bye.
Korina stared at the message and swallowed hard, earlier she had made sure all her doors, windows and possible break-ins were well secured.
She stared at the text again, it was a private number, inaccessible and untraceable.
Just great! Her first birthday message was from a stalker.
She had wanted her 21st birthday to be wonderful and pleasant not creepy and strange.
She lay on her bed and stared at the ceiling, the only noise that could be heard was the ticking of the clock.
Nothing is gonna happen, today is gonna be great, She ignored the unsettling feeling in her stomach and the heavy doubt on her mind.
Nothing could go wrong, she assured her conscience and forced herself to sleep.
Korina was very close to flinging the table lamp at Daniella.She watched her in irritation as she squealed and gushed over the extravagant and outrageous gifts sent by Mr stalker.
"How the fuck did you even become my cousin?" She asked resisting the urge to smack her.
"By adoption, duhhh!"Daniella rolled her eyes,"Waoooh girl, look at these shoes, how did he know your size? so cute."She said.
"Are you insane? This person has been stalking me, sending gifts and weird lovey dovey text.Yet, here you are acting like it's my boyfriend that got me stuff."
"Oh come on, he's your future boyfriend." Daniella winked.
"Are you kidding me?" Korina asked, Daniella was so unbelievable at times.
"Okay, I am sorry, calm down, he's just a rich guy who is obviously obsessed with you and can't tell it to your face."
"What if he's a psychotic serial killer?"
"What if he's not." Daniella said before letting out a scream as she looked at the handbag she was holding.
"Why are you screaming? why?"
"Are you seeing this?" She screamed at Korina, "He got you a hermes bag, fucking hermes."
For a moment korina's jaw dropped in shock, how rich is this dude?
"So what do we do about the whole situation?"She asked after recovering from her mini shock.
"Sell the hermes and buy a royce rolls."Daniella said with a shrug.
"Fish for brains, I am being serious, a better idea please?"
That was all it took for korina to unleash, She unplugged the lamp with one swift move and threw it Daniella's direction.
"Stupid."Korina hissed staring at Daniella's amused face as the lamp met the wall shattering to pieces," It should have been your head, for reals."
The club was really noisy, the noise the clubbers produced competed with the DJ's music blaring from the speakers.The lights were dim, people dancing, strangers grinding on each other.The air smelt of cigarettes, sweat and sex.
In the midst of all these, Korina was looking for her cake.
"Who in the world is stupid enough to bring a cake to a club?" Daniella asked using her fingers to visualize air quotes, she was a little tipsy.
Korina stared at her angrily while Daniella's Co workers who came uninvited burst out laughing.
"Katrina, forget the cake and party, it's your birthday." One of the men said slapping Korina's back.
"It's korina idiot." She retorted.
The rest of the club stay didn't really go well, Daniella and korina got thrown out cause Korina started a fight with someone who she saw eating a piece of cake.
They began walking home, staggering down the streets extremely drunk.
"Happy birthday, sister, cousin and best friend, I love you." Daniella said throwing her arms around korina who was struggling to hold herself up.
"So are we taking a cab to Santorini?" Korina asked.
"I thought we were headed home?" Daniella replied confused.
"Yes, home is Santorini."
"You.....wait korina,what that on your dress?" Daniella slurred pointing a finger at the red dot on Korina's dress.
"Must be a button." she replied looking down.
"Do buttons move? or I am just drunk." Daniella asked then the both of them flared with laughter.
A few seconds later, a loud bang was heard.
"What was?..." Daniella began but crossed her hand over her mouth to silence an attempted scream as she saw a body laying on the floor bleeding.
"Korina look." She said, her voice quivering.
She noticed Korina wasn't by her side anymore and had a closer look at the body.
Lying face down was Korina with blood pooling around her, her arms laying limply by her side.
And then it happened, Daniella let out a boisterous scream such that the birds in the air were frightened.
Korina had been shot.
The hours Daniella had to wait were the most tiring and elongated hours she had had to wait in her life.She sat in the waiting room as she was tired of pacing around, her head bent over and shoulders slumped, tears streaming down her cheeks.She was sober now, the shock of the incidence had gotten rid of the liquor.She couldn't stop crying, thoughts of any possible terrible outcome of the situation ran through her mind.What if she dies?She raised her head and wiped her tears, chiding herself for being a cry baby, she going to live, she assured herself."Daniella." She glanced towards the direction of the voice and saw her mother approaching. She threw herself into the woman's arms and started sobbing all over again."Mom." She sniffed, "I am so scared.""It's okay baby." She consoled her rub
His jet black hair wasn't sleeked backwards this time, unlike the day she first met him, it was more ruffled and neatly unruly, maybe he rubbed his palms through it, She thought.Her eyes raked over his features, studying his oval face, blue eyes, a pointed nose and tanned skin. He had a real sharp jawline, she imagined it cutting through glass. She looked over him and guessed maybe he was about 6"1.No, don't get attracted, no men, no men, She scolded herself."Korina!" She snapped back to reality at the mention of her name."Yes." She replied looking at him squarely."I asked how you were feeling now." He said, "Repeatedly.""A lot better i think, just that my head bangs and I am a bit sore all over."She replied and looked around the room only then did she notice that aunt Dido and Daniella had excused them minutes ago.
Korina wore her mittens immediately she heard the timer go off, she opened the oven and brought out the tray of brownies.The aroma wafted through the air and she did a dramatic sniff, her mouth watered at the sight of the brown pastries. She set them down on the counter, took a knife and proceeded to cut them into shape when she heard a knock on the door."Coming." She yelled as she quickly made her way to the door.There was no one in sight when she answered the door, even when she peeped at both sides of the hallway not a single soul was found. She was about to step out further when she hit her foot on something.Korina looked down to find a white box and bouquet of flowers.She picked them up and took them into the apartment silently praying that a bomb wasn't implanted in them.She dropped them on a coffee table and took a whiff of the flowers,they smelt heavenly, yello
"Hey!" Korina's hand flew to her chest as she jumped off the chair in fright, the voice startled her."Daniella!" She screamed as she watched her walk excitedly into the apartment,"you can't just barge in like that, don't frighten me into having a heart attack."Her hand was still on her chest, her rapid breathing was beginning to slow down."Oh come on." Daniella dropped her purse on the bed and began pulling off her jacket,"you knew I was coming and besides you gave me your spare key, remember?""That I did and I might have to retrieve it back, in fact why are you here? It's 7pm and it's dark and late." She asked resuming her position on he chair."You have a date tonight remember? I am here to fix you up."Daniella walked over to Korina's closet threw the covers apart and started rummaging for an outfit."Oh my God, I totally forgot I had a date tonight."<
"This him?" korina asked as Daniella parked her car and turned off the ignition."Yes, that's him." She replied, using her hand to pull some hair away from her face, "So that's the place." She pointed to a 3 story building they were parked two buildings away from. The building was painted in all white, It looked a bit grand with the great architectural design of the pillars, Super fine tall glass windows and you could see the numerous chandeliers and all the other stuff associated with grandeur through them. The name of the restaurant was carved in bold italics on the top of the building, Korina thought the restaurant was simply magnificent, the type all the billionaires go to dine."You done gaping at it?" Daniella asked as she saw the way Korina scrutinized every visible detail of the restaurant."I think I should go now, I am running late." Korina said grabbing
"You must be one lucky girl." Korina heard a voice say as soon as she opened her eyes.Her vision was blurred, she could hardly see, she couldn't even make out the image of the person hovering above her or the image of her surroundings.Her head ached, it felt as if it kept splitting into two, she felt slight pains all over her body.She tried recalling the happenings, she tried remembering what led to what but her efforts proved futile and thinking made her head ache more."Korina." She heard the voice which she now found familiar call out again, "Can you hear me?" She almost screamed as she felt the pain in her head grow."Yes." She croaked, She closed her eyes and opened them again, She could see a little bit this time, her vision was gradually clearing up, She could make things out now, She saw she was on a hospital bed and she could see the face above her.It was mr hottie,
WARNING ⚠️: violent and bloody scene, violent themes, I repeat violent and bloody themes!please be warned."You should speak to Dan." Aunt Dido said, she shifted the blanket covering Korina.Korina frowned at her words and sighed."She feels bad and she's terribly sorry dear." She handed Korina a glass of water to take her tablets, She took it from aunt Dido took a gulp and put the tablets she held in her hand into her mouth, swallowing it all."Aunt." Korina said after recovering from the bitter taste of the tablets, "If she had shown that retard my picture at first we wouldn't be facing this, the date would have never been fixed, this disaster wouldn't have occurred and I could have been in my bed at home not a hospital bed.""I was angry at first too dear." Aunt Dido replied, "But Daniella was trying to look out for you, she thought she coul
"I nearly died.""I am sorry, truly deeply sorry.""You almost got me killed.""I am really sorry Korina.""I didn't want to go on that date." Korina said, "you made me do it." She pointed an accusing finger at Daniella."How was I suppose to know he was a psychopath?" Daniella asked and Korina went silent.She and Korina hadn't spoken to each in the last th