Stacey was her name or at lest that was the name, people told me she answered. She was a girl i got to know a year after i moved into Stantoky Avenue. She was slim, very tall, beautiful with Sapphira eyes and gold hair. Apart from her physical beauty I was also quick to notice that she was absolutely strange and reserved. It was like she was hiding away from something. I doubt if she has friends and relatives because non ever comes around to see her.
At night from my window, i will watch her dancing in the moonlit, she will dance and dance till she slumps on the ground and can’t get up again to dance. I had noticed that a week after i moved into the boys quarter as her neighbour. We are the only tenants occupying the beautiful bungalow in 19 Stantoky Avenue. The first night i had seen her dancing, i had been amazed and enchanted then suddenly i felt that something was wrong because of the way she was dancing as if a kind of spirit had possessed her. Askew and trilled as i felt i had to rush out of the house to help her after she slumped to the ground; breathless only to find no one there. I had stood there for a while wondering if truly i had seen her dancing.
The next morning i had found myself at her door knocking my knuckles out. The door was shut quiet alright but i could hear sobs and screams from within and yet she didn’t open up. I had to go to work that morning deciding to meet her once i was back form work but i never did since she was never outside. I really had to wonder how she eats and survives since she never come out of the house unless if she did that when i was away. Decimating to fill my curiosity I had to apply for my leave permit so as to stay at home all day and monitor when she would go out then i can accost her to know what her problem was.
I sat outside the house all day except when i peed into the bucket beside me watching and waiting but she never came out. Late in the night I retired inside after waiting like eternity, not long after I began to hear her footsteps stamping hard against the interlocked floor, she was twirling and dancing like one possessed. i watched on, marveled and unable to do anything but watch in perplexity.Suddenly like someone enchanted i stumped out to catch her and caught the air, I fainted.
That was a year ago. Ever-since then i have been trying to understand what happened that night but till date i have not been able to comprehend the mystery of that night. Although i had stopped prying but my heart and feelings towards the string girl haven’t stopped. I still felt a kind of connection and something inside me keeps trying me that the girl next door was calling for me. After I had woken up in the hospital after I fainted a year ago, I had been told by the nurses that a young girl with hair like snow had brought me in. I wanted to believe that it was her but how can I when her hair was golden. For a while I let her be until one night.
It was early April, the beginning of spring. The night was cool and dearly. The sky was void and gray. I was siting at the porch over a glass of wine and noodle when i first heard the ear splitting scream. For a while I paused and strained my ears. Noting, i relaxed. The shrill scream came again almost knocking me ‘wacko’, i jumped out of my seat and gazed towards the direction of the scream. She was screaming, without trying to consider anything I raced towards her apartment. Surprisingly the door was open, I turned the knob and the door sprang open. The scream came again and i went in, the door slammed close sifter me.
The room was unusually dark, because it was built in the same style as mine I was able to find my way. I was quick to notice how empty the room was too. There was nothing there but two cushions and a rug on the ground. The scream was fluttering in now, persistently as well as some inaudible words. Quickly I made my way towards the room abhorring the persistent cries. As i walked through the endless passage, my heart painted hard against my chest. I was tensed and horrified yet i trued on and paused when i got to her door. I listened. The sound emitting from the room was more of a whisper so i strained my ears closer to the door and began to hear the petrifying words.
“No!” She was screaming. “No, I wont, Please No. I want to be free. Haven’t you done enough harm yet? I love him, please let him be”
I froze at the mention of love. It was weird to believe that the strange girl actually loved someone. I listened again.
“Please let Leo be, please i beg of you”
Leo? I thought suddenly remembering that that was my name. no, i shook it off. She can’t be referring of me, she doesn’t even know my name then i heard a whisper and listened again.
“Yes, i accept. Turn me into a lioness and send me into the wild in extinction but let Leo Wilbur be”
I didn’t wait to hear it all as i fought to open the door. She was talking about me. She was sacrificing her life to save me. The door was locked from within. Pulling back a little, I ran in with a force and kicked the door open just when I saw her turn into a Beautiful Lioness. she was covered with the luminescence from the blinding light. She looked my way, gave a loud roar then disappeared into the smoke after she told me her real name, Sheena. As i slumped to the ground in a faint, I wondered who will take me to the hospital this time. Could it be a beautiful maiden with pearly eyes and fire, blazing hair.