a dream. They were still on the road trip but no car tire had got burst and
everyone was complete. Emerald was sitting at the seat before hers and was busy
with her phone. Clara didn’t really like her family most times but they were
family to her and all she had in the world. She quickly stretched forth her
hand and ruffled Emerald’s braids.
at her at the back seat.
mostly called her at home and settled back down on the car seat.
it blink to show that the battery was about to die. She sighed, turning to see
if any of her siblings were ready for a conversation. Kendra was so engrossed
in a book while Zika was playing a puzzle game on his tablet, the car was
quiet. Clara shook her head and trying to forget the horrible dream she had
just had, she began humming a song in her head.
and soon, in their estate. Clara was glad to be back but then again, sad that
she had to stay at home since she failed some subjects in her WAEC examination.
She remembered the look on her father’s face when her result came out.
from primary school up to secondary school have been a waste?” He had barked at
Mummy had concluded.
it when Mummy brought up the subject of her real mother.
bringing you into this house and giving you a life. Is this how you repay me?”
Her father asked in bitterness.
for the kindness of being her father so, she shrugged again.
grades at the WAEC exams.” Mummy said triumphantly.
believed that they were sisters in school because while Kendra excelled
brilliantly in all subjects, plus she was in science class, she was the best
student in school. Clara hated her sister at that moment. They were both one
year apart in age and as such, Clara was a class ahead of her, a class that she
painstakingly tried to keep up with for fear of having to repeat and having to
join her sister’s set.
father had declared. Then addressing her he said. “Do you see this result of
yours? I want it burned…and when I say burned, I mean burnt to ashes! This is
a useless result. How could you get an F9 in Economics and a pass in Commerce…I
can’t even begin to speak about mathematics, you failed it too…you are so
she wanted to enrol in Art class, he had called it a dumb and stupid class for
brainless people. At least he saw that she got an A in Literature and a B in
hands, announcing that she had to go to the library. Her father had commented
in admiration and pride.
eighteen, I am buying you an expensive car.” He said.
to her mom, she left.
nations will bow at your presence, what a blessed child.” Her mother had
songs in her head and she couldn’t wait to scribble down the lyrics.
bungalow house, Zika looked out the window and announced.
indeed moving into the next door house of four flats and two boys quarters.
flats of the house next door, he was always so sick that he hardly ever came
out. One day he had died in his house and since he lived alone, no one knew
till his neighbours decided to check up on him only to see him lying in his
flat after three days of his death. The stench was out of this world! His
family was contacted and that was how his body was taken away, people rumoured that
he took his own life as he was tired of living.
matter how much they scrub, nothing would ever take it off.” Clara whispered in
a scary voice.
screamed at her.
opened the gate and as the car drove into the house, Clara glanced at the front
of Old Papi’s house to see a teenage girl dressed in a very short skirt, tube
top and sneakers, her braided hair was the colour blue and silver and the tip
of the braids almost touched her ankles.
beside her new home. Rich peeps she thought! Thankful that their flat was
upstairs and that it faced the bungalow house, she knew that she’ll be doing a
lot of snooping. She wished that they were moving to the lovely bungalow
instead of the odd-looking flat but then again, she shrugged, this was a better
area than where she was used to. This neighbourhood looked neat and reserved for
the very comfortable Lagosians and she was glad that her aunts could afford it,
they had told her that her dad had sent them enough money for rent and she was
so happy that the agents had helped them get this place.
soon she was downstairs again, so, she decided to check out the neighbourhood.
She stepped outside the gate and walked slowly, taking in the environment, it
was so quiet. The bungalow gate was closed so she walked past it and strutted
about the neighbourhood silently announcing her presence. She saw people gawk
at her, take in her appearance and shake their heads, she cat-walked nonchalantly,
daring anyone to tell her that it was wrong for her to walk about the estate aimlessly.
She glared at the houses on the street, taking note of the big ones and the
very expensive looking ones, smiling and thinking to herself that she would
have such an eventful time in her new estate.
that no one followed him, he had just arrived and was waiting for her to appear. His
phone rang and he looked at the ID and hissed. It was his mother.
about…” She said.
and I for a bite at the new Chicken and Waffles spot in the area.”
within and looked at him disinterestedly, but when she heard money, her face
lit up in a smile.
money you would have used to get me chicken and waffles.” He said.
give you money. How much do you need?”
buying that I should know about?” His mother asked.
W ragged me of my one thousand naira…” He said.
you…okay?” His mother assured.
She rolled her eyes at him and chewed her gum noisily. James had never seen her
without make-up and the one she had this morning was very loud and rough. She
had drawn two huge arcs on her eye brows, used a green eye shadow and applied a
very pink blush on both cheeks and a red glossy lipstick on her lips. She was
popularly known as Jezebel by all.
and looking at him with lash-filled eyes.
bring…bring it…” He stammered.
cheek and he blushed.
talk business and so you know…I charge one thousand naira per round.” She
said and walked away.
chance till he was able to get the money needed. As he walked away from the prostitutes’
haven, he slumped his shoulders in defeat.
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