Rachel woke up and walked out of her room to the sitting
room of her house. Everywhere was quiet, her mother was seated flipping through
some papers and her brother was lying on the chair, staring at his phone.
“Good morning mom.” Rachel greeted.
“Hey angel, how did you sleep?” Her mother asked.
“Terrible!” Rachel said and sat down beside her mother.
“I am looking through some papers…business stuff. There’s
no money in this house, I am broke and your dad can only be released on bail,
which is a lot of money.” Her mother said in worry.
Rachel shrugged.
“This is a tough time for this family, with your dad locked
up, I don’t know how we’re going to pay your school fees for next term or even
the house rent which expires this month. I don’t want to go crazy.” Her mother
said, staring at her.
“I understand mom…but where is the money dad’s brother
sent? I thought he sent dad a lot of money.” Rachel asked.
“What do you think? Your father has squandered the whole
thing….” Her mother said with a bitter sigh.
“Serious?”
“What else do you think he’s been using to buy woo those
girls he dates.” Her mother said in spite.
“Do you really think that daddy was dating under-aged
girls?” Rachel asked.
“You and I know your dad loves women so much…” Her mother
said.
“Are we going to visit daddy in prison?” Her brother asked.
“Yea…I’m going there this morning and you guys can come if
you want to.” Their mother said.
“No, I’ll pass…I have lesson to attend.”
“It’s six am and your lesson doesn’t start till nine.” Her
brother said.
“I don’t want to go!” Rachel spat.
“Why? Are you ashamed of daddy all of a sudden?” Her brother
said with hurt.
“Who won’t be? I guess you don’t understand because you’re
still pretty young but if you are my age, you’ll know it’s a thing of shame.
How can I walk into the police station and have everyone look at me as the
daughter of the man who…”
“You always think about yourself Rachel.” Her brother flung
at her.
“I don’t care what you say, you can go but I’m not going!”
“You’re a terrible person and I’m going to tell daddy when I
see him.”
“Go ahead…radio without battery.” Rachel flung.
“Stop it guys, Rachel, you can stay home if you want…” Her
mother said.
“This is all your fault mom, you let Rachel make her own
decisions and she’s not even old enough to do so!” Her brother said with a
teary voice as he got up from the sofa and stormed off towards their room.
“Your brother has a point, you should go and see your dad.”
Her mother said.
“Can’t you see mom? It’s not as though he’s been locked up
for the wrong reasons, he actually dated a young girl and that’s something to
be ashamed of. I can’t go there and stroke his ego or cry over the injustice of
the police locking him up. He did something bad and I’m sorry but I can’t go
and see him.” Rachel said as she got up from the sofa and left the sitting
room.
**********
Winnie almost jogged to the supermarket because she didn’t
want to be late for her summer lesson. She had hardly reached the supermarket when she
missed a step and fell to the ground, beside a gutter.
“Hey are you okay?” A male voice asked almost immediately.
“I’m fine…” She said wincing in pain as she didn’t bother
looking to see the face behind the voice.
“Here, let me help you…” He said helping her up to her feet.
She had actually bruised her knee and it hurt. She turned to
look at the person who was helping her up and froze. He was the most handsome
young man she’d ever seen.
“Hi…” She said, despite herself.
“Your knee is bruised. Come with me, lemme get a bottle of methylated spirit from the supermarket and clean up the wound.” He said.
He helped her to the supermarket and she hopped on one foot
as she followed him behind. They got into the place, he bought the bottle of spirit and
some cotton wool and soon had cleaned up her bruises.
“Thank you…” Winnie said with a small smile as she stood
up from the small stool she’d been sitting on.
“Hey…you should rest a bit.” He said.
“No, it doesn’t hurt as much. I’m supposed to get a bottle
of oil from the supermarket so that my sister can get my breakfast ready.”
She said.
The guy looked at her and smiled.
“My name is Steve…” He said.
“I’m Winnie, thank you for helping me, I am so indebted to
you.” She said, wondering where her sudden courage came from.
“Sit here, I’ll go help you get the oil you want.” He said.
She handed him the money for the oil and soon, he’d purchased
it for her. She reached out to take the bottle but he refused.
“I’ll walk you home…don’t worry, I’ll hold the bottle.”
“That’s too nice of you, please I don’t want to take any of
your time…I am sure you had somewhere you were going to before you saw me.”
She said.
“I was actually jogging.” He said gesturing to his sporty
wear.
“Oh…I see…” She said with a small smile.
Steve stared at Winnie and realised that she was totally different from what Theodora made her
seem, she had made it look like the young girl was a drab fellow and he wasn’t
going to have fun wooing her but Winnie was totally different from her sister’s
description. She was very stunning and had a pleasant air around her, she was
also very well behaved- a point her sister had noted to him.
“So, there’s really no problem escorting you home.” He said.
“Okay…thank you.” Winnie said politely.
Winnie couldn’t explain how she felt, it was as though
butterflies and frogs were leaping in her belly. She couldn’t erase the stupid
smile she had on her lips either, what was happening? She thought was so drab
and ugly and she never drew anyone’s attention but here she was, with this
handsome guy who really looked like he liked her. Could it be her outfit? She
thought as she stared at the short pyjamas she wore, no, it wasn’t she chided
herself.
They walked silently to the gate of her sister’s house and
she took the bag with the oil from him.
“Thank you so much, for your help…” She said.
“Anytime…” He said.
“I’ll be going in now.” She said.
“Do you have a phone? Can I have your number?” He asked. “Just to check up on you.”
Winnie had never given a total stranger her number before
but she made an exception.
“Sure…it’s 081…” She said and called out the number
while he stored it in his phone.
“I’ll give you a call. Do take care of yourself.” He said
with a smile.
“Thank you…” Winnie said and waved.
**********
Mira sat in the sitting room of her house waiting for the
driver to come and take her to Summer school. Monica and her son walked into
the sitting room, dressed and ready to go out. Mira didn’t acknowledge
them, to her, they didn’t exist.
“Daniel darling, go and check if the driver is here
already.” Monica said to her son.
“Sure mom…” Daniel responded and walked over to the door.
At that moment, Mira’s driver stepped inside the house.
“Oh, he’s here.” Daniel said.
Mira stood up and walked up to the driver.
“You’re late.” She said.
“I’m sorry, there was traffic.” He replied.
“Let’s go.” Mira said.
“To where? The driver is taking us out.” Monica said.
“What driver?” Mira asked.
“This driver.” Daniel sneered.
“Well, I’m sorry but you have to get yourselves a taxi
because this driver is mine. My mother hired him and she pays him. The car is hers too.” Mira spat.
“Driver, you are taking my son and I out.” Monica said.
“I am sorry madam but that’s not what I was hired to do.” The driver
said.
“So you’d rather listen to a child than to me?” Monica spat.
“My madam hired me to take her daughter to summer school,
she didn’t give me any other directive.”
Monica looked furious, her son looked murderous.
“Can we go now?” Mira asked in silent triumph.
“You are going to lose your job for this!” Monica spat.
The driver didn’t respond but headed out of the house with
Mira in tow.
“What nerve!” Monica spat as soon as they’d gone.
“We’re letting this girl get under our skin ooo…” Daniel
said.
“She’s a spoilt little brat and it’s time she learnt her
lesson.” Monica said.
“Her dad indulges her a lot and he dances to her tune.”
Daniel said.
“That’s not true! Her dad has a new family now and we are
part of that family. I am just so pissed that when I told him that we were
going to pay a visit to my uncle, he said we could use the driver. How come
this is the only driver available and it’s his ex-wife’s?” Monica said in
anger.
“Calm down mom, you can’t win him over completely by nagging.”
Daniel said.
“It’s just that I’m losing my patience already. It took him
forever to let us into his family and now, look at this! His ill-mannered
daughter talks to me as though we’re mates. She doesn’t even greet me.” Monica
said angrily.
“Well, you have to make her respect you. Perhaps if we
starve her a bit, then, she’ll learn to respect you.” Daniel said.
“Starve her? In her own house? That’s not going to work.”
“Listen mom, the cook is really not a necessary part of this
house, you cook really well and you’re the one who cooked dad’s meal yesterday.
Why don’t you pretend as though you want to save money for the family and tell
daddy to fire the cook? Then, also tell him to reduce her pocket money which
I’m sure must be a lot. She’ll have no choice but to starve and come begging
for food, then you’ll get your respect.”
Monica looked at her son and smiled.
***********
After the first three lessons, the bell for break-time was
rung. Winnie, Mira and Rachel walked over to the canteen to get snacks.
“You don’t look too happy Rachel, are you okay?” Winnie who
was in an incredibly good mood asked.
“I’m fine…just a bit under the weather.” Rachel answered.
“You look so happy, is there something you’d like to share
with us?” Mira asked Winnie.
Winnie shrugged and smiled.
“Hey, something’s fishy!” Rachel said with a smile as they
sat at a small table at the cafeteria.
“Nothing’s fishy!” Winnie said with a smile.
“You’re lying…” Rachel said.
“I’m famished, I skipped breakfast…is anyone getting any
snacks?” Mira asked.
“I didn’t bring any money, besides I had breakfast before
coming so I’ll pass.” Winnie said.
“I forgot my money too..” Rachel lied, in actual sense, she
really didn’t have enough money for transport home.
“Oh, no problem, I could get something for you.” Mira said.
“You will? Thank you.” Rachel said happily.
Soon, Mira was back with the snacks for her and Rachel,
Winnie was pressing her phone.
“That phone of yours hasn’t rested since we walked in here.
Are you expecting a call?” Rachel asked
.
Winnie smiled then said.
“So, something happened to me today. I was going to the
supermarket, I fell at the roadside and a very cute guy helped me up. I gave
him my number.You should see this guy, he’s tall, hunky, very charming and he
looks like a university dude.” Winnie said with a wide smile.
“Whaaaat? A cute guy? In the university?” Rachel asked sounding jealous.
“Yea…” Winnie smiled.
“But you’re not even pretty.” Rachel informed.
“Excuse me?” Winnie asked in confusion.
“Shut up Rachel, Winnie is pretty.” Mira countered.
“What’s she talking about?” Winnie asked Mira.
“Look, no mean to diss you but you’re not the conventional
girl. Look at Mira and I for instance, we dress nice, our hairstyles are bad-ass
and we have good carriage but you…naaa…” Rachel said.
Winnie was upset.
“How dare you speak about me like that?” Winnie spat.
“Yea, how dare you talk about her like that?” Mira asked.
“I mean no harm but Winnie, I don’t want your heart to be
broken. The guy probably just took your number because of he wanted to be
courteous. He’s probably not going to call you.” Rachel said.
As though on cue, Winnie’s phone rang, she had tears in her
eyes when she picked the call
“Hello…”
“Hey it’s Steve…just wanted to check up on you.”
Winnie glared at Rachel in hostility.
“Hey Steve, what’s up?” Winnie said.
“I’m okay, I was wondering if I could see you today…I hope
I don’t sound too forward.” He said.
“I’m actually at a summer school lesson.” Winnie supplied. “But
you could come there by one pm, my sister says she’ll be a bit late coming to
pick me up today.”
“Sure…that’ll be great. Could you send me your school
address?” He asked.
“I will…”
When she hung up the call, she glared at Rachel.
“You’re a pathetic hater!” Winnie spat.
“Calm down Winnie.” Mira said. “Rachel, I think you owe
Winnie an apology.”
“What for? For telling her the truth?” Rachel asked.
“Well, your truth wasn’t true at all because Steve just
called me because he wants to hang out.” Winnie said.
“Serious? That’s cool!” Mira said. “When are you guys going
to meet?”
“After school hours. I’m going to send the school address to
him.” Winnie said.
Rachel rolled her eyes and bit into her sandwich.
“That’s too forward if you ask me. People shouldn’t trust so much these days. The world is really terrible.” Rachel said.
“You have to be careful though, you don’t really know him.”
Mira said.
“Don’t worry, we won’t stray too far from the school.”
Winnie said. “Besides, he was so kind to me, the least I can do is agree to see him.”
“I’ll like to meet him, just to see if he fits your
description.” Mira giggled.
Winnie forced herself to smile, Rachel had really pissed her off.
********
Summer camp closed at exactly one pm and the girls walked
towards the gate of the school.
“You know what would really be cool?” Mira asked.
“What?”
“If we could do some kind of sleepover at our homes. I do
that with my friends all the time.” Mira suggested.
“That sounds like fun.” Winnie said with a smile.
“Errrm…I don’t think that’s a great idea.” Rachel said.
“Why? It’s always fun.” Mira said.
“My parents are very strict…they don’t like us having
anyone over to the house.” Rachel lied.
“Well then, we can totally toss the idea into the trash.”
Mira said, suddenly remembering her situation at home.
“You can totally come and spend the night in my sister’s
place, Mira, she’s super cool.” Winnie said, liking the idea.
“That’ll be cool but it has to be Rachel and I.” Mira said.
Winnie didn’t respond at first, she was still very angry at Rachel.
“Winnie! It has to be the three of us, we are the three musketeers remember?” Mira said in a half-pleading voice.
“My sister’s house is a peaceful place and I don’t want any
chaos.” Winnie said referring to Rachel.
“Shut up! What do you know about peace?” Rachel flung at
Winnie.
“Girls…come on! Stop this please.” Mira said as the
mediator.
“She’s annoying.” Winnie pointed out.
“She’s too naive and very stiff-necked!” Rachel spat.
“What? What did you just call me?” Winnie shouted as they
stepped out through the gates.
“I said you’re…” Rachel started.
“Winnie…” A male voice called out.
The three girls looked to the direction of the voice and
stopped short, they stared in shock at the guy who’d called Winnie’s name.
To be continued on Monday….
I’m still open to suggestions for our Daily Series. I’ll do a vote section and the idea with the highest vote wins.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Pls do the vote section.

    My Personal opinion though, the once a day is good enough but if your energy plenty… abeg bring blackmail (house wives theme) to everyday. Yea, Oliver twist is speaking. Meanwhile, this yor teenage series is totally captivating, and full of life lessons. Our girl-kids are very valuable to us but not for us to spoil.

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