Kendra was pissed, she
stared at her phone and quickly began typing a text to her boyfriend.
she loved the sound of that and she was already googling tips to being the best
with such intensity she never knew existed, it was glaring that she was angry
and with no one but her dad. Daddy had surprised her today, he never took Clara’s
side in an argument but today was different, he had defended Clara and made
mommy look like the fool and she wasn’t happy about it. She was still pondering
on what had happened at home when her mother made a sharp
turn at a junction, her tires screeched loudly and Kendra’s heart pounded in
pissed! How does your father expect me to get the respect I deserve in that
house when all he does is disrespect me before his daughter?” Her mother
I too was surprised. Clara is so disrespectful and now that daddy is taking her
side, she would even get worse.”
father a lesson he’d never forget. I think he has quickly forgotten what
happened the last time he stepped on my toes.”
the day he brought that bastard to live in my house.” Her mother spat.
story…” Her mother said.
ears pricked, even Zika and Emerald at the back-seat, looked up to hear the full
relationship with Clara’s mom for a long while and they were supposed to get
married. He was actually about to pay for her bride price
when something terrible happened to him, he lost his elder brother and his
family said that it was a bad omen, which means that Clara’s mom would bring
bad luck to the family. He had to halt all marriage preparations and luckily
for him, I was at the sideline because I was his sister’s best friend, so he
married me instead because he really needed to settle down. Little did I know that they still communicated and soon, she fell pregnant with Clara and he withheld that information from me. Clara’s mother eventually fell sick and died. I had no idea that she had a child for him so, imagine this scenario. one day your father brought his daughter home and she’s been
living with us since.”
dead?” Kendra asked in a quiet voice.
her…your dad has been waiting to let her know of this when she’s older.”
all of this….” Her mother said.
stepped on your toes on the day he brought Clara to live with us. What did you
do when he stepped on your toes?” Emerald asked.
that time, I had given birth to Kendra, so I packed my things and took my baby
and we left the house. I felt so betrayed and so cheated, how could he have a child outside marriage when he had a wife who loved him? He eventually came crawling and begging and vowed never to let
anything come between our marriage again, even his daughter.”
letting her come between your marriage…”
I’ll do exactly what I did and my demands would be greater.” Her mother said in
demands?” Zika asked.
sends his daughter back to her mother’s family, once and for all.” Kendra’s
guests had begun to arrive in droves, all Rose’s friends from her former hood
walked in making loud noises. Clara was trapped in Rose’s room, she couldn’t
believe her transformation.
beautiful…has anyone told you that?” Shade asked. She had just finished Clara’s
make up and was staring at her handwork in admiration.
scared to step outside looking this way…I…never dress like this, never!”
turned seventeen last week and my dear, I can’t let my youth fly away with the
wind all because of restrictive parents.”
length mirror again and sighed, she looked like a lady in her twenties. The lycra dress had been the perfect fit for her, it clung to her skin like it
was made for her and the make-up made her look like a movie star rather than a
sixteen year old.
for your own good.” Shade said and stepped out of the room. She was clad in a
very tiny pair of shorts and a cropped top which read ‘Come and Get Me’ in red,
she paired off her look with red high heels.
and looked around, she was doing this for Rose and no one else, she thought.
laughing and holding a bottle of wine.
started! Why haven’t you changed your shoes?” Rose asked in
sneakers and had refused to go home and get heels.
heels with this dress…it’s going to be too short…” Clara said.
stupidity slide because you are my friend and I love you but if you do this
another time, I’ll scratch your name off the list.” Rose warned. “On the
brighter side, you have a guest…”
invite anyone…” Clara started.
jor…stop being such a prude….” Rose taunted.
the room and to the sitting room where the party was in full swing, all the
while she kept pulling down the hem of her dress and wishing that it didn’t
hike up that much.
and stopped in shock, sitting on the sofa was Oliver.
name as though she was asking a question.
closer to him.
recognize you…this party is swell…” Oliver said.
the celebrant?” Clara asked.
that? You sent me a text message yesterday, asking that I attend your friend’s
birthday party. I was wondering why you didn’t ask me at the tutorial school,
seeing that we spent most of our time in the performance club together.”
Clara started then suddenly remembered that Rose had asked to use her phone yesterday and
sighed in frustration. Knowing her friend so well, she was so sure that she had a hand in this.
I guess I’d better leave…” Oliver said, standing up.
wanted to invite you…I actually put your name down on the invitation list…I
…err…” Clara lied, vowing to break Rose’s neck once the party was over.
that I’m crashing a party…” Oliver said. “By the way, you look so stunning…”
wear this dress….I am not supposed to wear it…I had my denim look all
guy how uncomfortable they are in a dress especially when the dress is as,
permit my language, sexy as sin.”
wasn’t in the least flattered by his words, rather, she felt cheap.
I am sorry…” Oliver started.
smile and hurried out of the sitting room, making her way to Rose’s room to
lock herself in.
from the sitting room, it was so deafening and Clara hated that she was missing
all the fun but the thing was, she couldn’t leave the room in this dress ever
again. She stared at herself at the mirror the umpteenth time and quietly stripped
away the dress and wore back her denim trouser and shirt, carefully tucking it
in and slipping on her belt. She looked at herself in the mirror again and
smiled, ‘Rose might get mad but it’s my comfort that matters’. She thought.
stepped in, she stared at her.
your clothing?” She asked in a slurry voice. She was getting tipsy.
anymore…” Clara said.
wrong with youuu?” Rose asked.
been having a few drinks and…” She hiccuped. “Let’s go out to the party, I
told everyone that you’d sing…” Rose said.
Rose hiccuped again.
sitting room and Rose took the microphone and said aloud.
was pushed to the center of the sitting room, she was handed the microphone, she stared at everyone around her. She had never sang before a crowd before except the loud renditions she sang in the bathroom or at the performance club.
song?” A male voice boomed.
microphone shakily and the words came pouring into her head. ‘You are useless Clara! Do you think you can
ever achieve anything by singing? You are so dumb! I bet you inherited your
birth-mother’s dumb brains!’
microphone being pried from her hands, it was Oliver and he quickly tuned a
popular birthday song. He took another microphone and handed it to her and
nodding, he beckoned her to join him. Clara buried all the thoughts of the negative
words that had been said to her all her life and sang with him. As she sang everyone stared
at her in awe. Oliver made it fun by dancing around and making beat sounds in
the microphone with his mouth and soon, they had everyone clapping.
Aunty Lizzie chose that
moment to bring in the cake and it was an emotional moment for Rose.
from her heart, everyone clapped to the song and Rose cut the cake. Nothing was