bit, she was sad however to be home alone, doing nothing. She had slept until late
that morning and mommy had woken her up with the cane. Prior to that, she had been dreaming
deeply of singing before thousands of people when suddenly she felt the sharp
sting at her backside.
mornings too?” Mommy snapped at her.
loudly. Kendra was already awake and she was tying a towel which showed she had
just had her bath.
noise?” He asked.
time she is waking up from sleep? This is so annoying!” Mommy complained.
late? .Kendra has already bathed.
she scowled, angry that her sister hadn’t thought it necessary to wake her up
when she woke up.
getting a room to herself. “ Mommy said. “With the rate at which Clara is
sleeping, she could influence Kendra to sleeping stupidly as well.”
in a room all to myself and won’t have to think that I’m disturbing Clara’s
sleep.” Kendra said hopefully.
of your choice and you can move in there.” Her father said.
Clara looked at all of them and hissing slightly, she left
the room. Kendra always got what she wanted, and she knew it and never ceased tormenting
her with the fact.
ready, they all ate and rushed out of the house leaving the sink stacked
with dirty dishes. She was just settling to wash the dishes when her phone
buzzed with a text message from her mother, informing her that she had to
load the washing machine with clothes for wash and take some of her daddy’s
clothes to the dry clean for washing and ironing.
loaded the washing machine, timed it and went about sweeping the house, turning
on the television and letting a music channel blare loudly. She had just
finished mopping the sitting room when a loud announcement came through the channel.
all time? Then, register for the ‘I can sing’ competition and sing your way to
the top…” The voice said while the competition advertisement showed on the
screen. Clara quickly rushed to get a pen and begun scribbling down details,
thrilled that there was no age limit to joining the competition.
machine outside on the line and got ready to leave for the dry cleaners. She
dressed in her blue shorts and sleeveless beige shirt and wore her sneaks,
making sure to close the doors as she left loaded with two huge bags of
out of her gate.
wasn’t intending to reply.
get the beddings and the curtains to the dry cleaners.” Her aunt Lizzy
her eyes and stared at her aunt, maliciously.
with a large old bed-sheet, the beds have not come in yet as they had decided
not to take the ones they used at the other old house.
Rose was awake.
curtains too…I need them washed and dry at least by tomorrow morning.”
floor. “You can’t let someone get her beauty sleep…can you?”
wearing her overnight shirt which had the inscription written at the front ‘Shut Up’ and as soon as
she disappeared into the bathroom, she began picking up the beddings and
curtain she wanted her niece to take to the dry cleaners.
out to someone.
wait for my niece?” Her sister screamed.
her sister standing at the balcony and clutching the railings while talking to
a young girl who was holding on to two heavy bags.
her way around.” Rose’s aunt said.
cleaners.” Aunt Lizzy called out.
had worn a pair of skin tight trousers under her night shirt and had gathered up the edges
of the shirt and tied it at her navel, exposing her belly.
the curtains and beddings.
her aunts’ had and how rarely they ever wore them infact, aunty Lizzy moved
from pillar to post without wearing any.
In no time, Rose was out of the house.
startled. She had nodded numbly and replied when she was asked if she was going to the
dry-clean and had to wait an extra five minutes before the woman’s niece
seen at the gate to her house on the day her family had returned from her trip.
down the street. Clara noticed that she had multiple piercings on her ears and had tied a scarf around her head concealing her hair.
girl and noted how rich she looked and since she never wanted to be looked down upon, she had decided to be the snub.
away from their houses, as soon as they got in, the receptionist greeted
into the university?” The receptionist asked.
ship you abroad…” The receptionist continued, clearly a sucker for rich
there…fill in your name in the name section and your house number. You can also
fill in if you want it to be delivered to your doorstep or not but bear in mind
that it attracts the extra charge of one thousand naira.” The receptionist said
loading the very dirty-looking bedsheets and curtains, she wished her aunts had
purchased new ones since they were moving into a better area than the last.
bag. “It’s not stained….that’s the colour…”Rose started looking up at the
price list on the wall of the dry-clean place. Her eyes widened at the prices.
To wash a pair of trousers stood at six hundred naira while gowns were at eight
hundred naira and one thousand naira respectively, she looked on to see the prices for bedsheets and almost froze,
it cost three thousand naira to wash a bedsheets and two thousand five hundred
naira for curtains.
curtains…does it mean…”
had that the beddings and curtains she had brought cost cheaper when purchased than the dry-clean offered to wash them.
estate…they are a bit more affordable…”
bags provided and loaded it back into her own bag. She watched as Clara removed
her dad’s clothes from the bag she held and loaded them into the bags and labelled
them, once she was through, she turned to her.
hundred naira? That’s too much. I buy my trousers for one thousand naira, how can
I wash them for more than half the price? This estate is hilarious.”
makes it easier.” Clara said.
siblings till my mom decided that I could use the washing machine…”
that we also have to pay estate dues?” Rose said.
shop and dropped off Rose’s bag of clothes as the price were far lower than
that of the dry-clean in the estate.
said to Clara, happy that she had been considerate to show her to a much
affordable dry-clean place.
“Nice name…what do your friends call you?”
“I’ll call you Clay…”
“Clay ke? No…it’s Clara…”
grateful…” Rose said.
Clara’s house. Clara rung the bell and turned to face Rose.
the gates behind them.
time and they were both eating sandwiches at the cafeteria.
without it…you’ve seen the adverts…” His classmate, Chiejine said.
out the packs from his pocket.
pockets, you are protected.” James said naively.
know the 101 of the game.”
on the pack…you know…” Chiejine started.
“Don’t worry I’ve got it covered…” James said shrugging.
to learn. The maths teacher walked into the classroom and began teaching by
giving them a problem to solve. James was so thrilled about what his friend had
gotten for him and he was so curious to see how it really looked like that he
stopped concentrating in class and pulled out the packs and was staring at them under his locker. He was so engrossed that he didn’t
know when the firm hand of Mr. Okechukwu the maths teacher came bearing on him.
teacher snatched the packs from his hands and gasped in shock.
teacher asked, with eyes wide.
at his shaking fingers.
To be continued tomorrow…
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