Sonia had rejoiced when Ebere called her and talked to her about taking up the maid job.
She didn’t know Ebere too well but all she knew was that Ebere lives somewhere down the neighbourhood.
She made Sonia see reasons why she should accept the little job and if not for anything, because of the huge amount of money Angela and her husband would be paying her on a monthly basis Ebere made her understand that she was giving her this opportunity out of her church mind but Sonia suspected there might be something more to it as Ebere told her they will have to discuss after she must have spent a month with her new home and job. She never knew the joy of having a brother or sister. Her mother was a hell to live with. She had never for once told her anything about her father whenever she asked her mother. If in a good mood will only tell her that her father died when she was still a kid, and that was all she ever knew about her father. That he died when she was still a kid.
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The only sister she had was Bisi. Her good friend, who lived with parents not too far away. All these memories left Sonia with different kind of feelings. Sometimes, she cries. Sometimes, she smiles; an indescribable kind of smile. “Sonia?”Angela called the second time. She was already dressed and set to leave for her shop. She had given the idea of going to the shop with Sonia a second thought but ended up discarding the idea. She didn’t need a sales girl. If she needed help at the shop, she could have employed one.
“Yes Aunty” Sonia answered emerging from the kitchen, wiping her soapy hand on her dress. She must have been busy with the dishes. The poor girl was just a blessing to Angela with the way she does things. Angela has grown fond of her taking her like a younger sibling. “I’m off to the shop. Don’t forget to bring the clothes from the dry cleaner”she said. “Yes Aunty” “And before I forget, don’t let me see you in this hair when I return. Make sure you go to the saloon. “I’m sure the money I gave you must be enough.” Angela barely finished what she was saying before her phone rang. She answered the phone asap, bade Sonia goodbye and made to leave. It was one of her customers who just called. “Aunty please, there is something I want to tell you” Angela was already at the door. She turned in a hurry. “What is it?”she asked. She didn’t want to waste any more time.
“I would like to visit my mother today” She lied. Her eyes almost betraying her. It was Ebere who told her they must have a serious discussion today. Ebere equally told her to say what she just said. “You should have told me earlier so I can give you something for her”. Angela said in a low voice as she searched her purse for some money. “Give this to her”she said giving Sonia some money. “Greet her for me. Maybe on Sunday we go visit her together”Angela shut the door after her.
Sonia couldn’t stop wondering what Ebere wants to discuss with her. Whatever it may be, in an hour or 2(hrs) later, she must find out.
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