Well it was Christy's bar, when Justine came in "hi Daniela, you're looking good" he greeted even when I didn't see him "thank you sir" that was my reply "is Christy in?" "No! sir she went out and will soon be back" looking sideways Justine asked "Daniela for how long will you keep me waiting" "for God-sake, respect yourself sir" I shrieked" do you know I love you" "but I don't" "look Daniela, if you think wisely and let me in, all will be well with you, you won't have to work here, or leave in that hut you called home" "excuse me sir, I never told you I need a better place or job, I love the way I am" "okay, Daniela if you let me in, you will own the duplex I have in
Ibi-ino street, not only that you also own the Toyota car "really, thank you, I don't want your earthly and heavenly gifts, am satisfied with the one I have" I replied almost screaming. "Why are you behaving like this Daniela, Am I not too handsome and rich to date you or have you as my lover" he said, almost in a whisper.
"I don't need you, please let me have my peace" I replied as I hurried to leave the place with my crutches. But I was made to seat back as Justine held me tight to my seat, in an attempt to kiss me, but stopped when he heard Miss. Christy's voice.
"Oh! Christy my love, you are back said Justine" pretending not to have done anything. I was shocked at his act. Indeed all men are the same. "You are, tired my love, I've really missed you" Justine said giving Miss Christy a peck on the cheek. "Justine you promised to take me out, but you never showed up" Miss Christy said. "Ah! My heart, am really sorry, I was busy with some documents in the office" he lied. "I really missed you Justine" Miss Christy blushed "I should be the one saying that, because I couldn't concentrate because of you, Whenever I tried to sleep I dream of you, I wish you are always there with me" said Justine, deceiving and filling Miss Christy's ear with sweet lies "Please, Daniela take this stuff to the kitchen" miss Christy replied leaving the bar with Justine.
I thought it was all over? but it wasn't, Justine was bent on having me. On a fateful evening I was in my room when I heard a knock, this time I wasn't too careless as I peeped through the hole on the door, seeing it was Justine I refused to open the door. "What do you want?" I asked him "Christy sent me here, to give you this basket and money to go shopping for her" said Justine, as he raised the basket and money showing it to me through the door hole "it's a lie, I don't believe you!" I replied, "if you don't believe me you can call her through your phone, while I wait here" Justine replied. Listening to his words I tried to call Miss Christy, but my phone switched off, I tried to use the phone I saw in the visitors' room, but there was no credit "oh! My God" I said looking confused, what if everything turn out to be true, Miss Christy will be mad at me, and may sack me as well, but if it's lie, I will be in danger as well. I turned pink as the tips of my finger became cold. "How can Miss Christy send this man to my quarters" I was thinking, may be because she trust him but men can never be trusted, they are traitors'. These were the thought lingering through my mind.
"am tired of waiting" Justine said, "Give me time to think' I replied "what do you have to think, but I told you to call her" these were the convincing words of Justine,"! Am coming" I replied. Finally, I said a short prayer before opening the door, although I didn't open it widely, I only had it slightly opened.
Before I could close the door, Justine dipped his finger in to my eye "ah! My eye" I shrieked with fear withdrawing myself from the door "ah my eyes hurt" I said again, "don't bother you will be fine, but that will be when am done" said Justine pulling his clothes as fast as he could "I've been longing to have you and am happy am at the peak of having what I need" Justine replied, Justine was almost on me, when the door swing open "No! Even you Justine" Miss Christy Screamed, Looking shocked Justine Couldn't move, he was lost "No! Trust me Christy, it's this Jezebel that forced me, and I couldn't resist her" Justine lied it's a lie" Christy, you know I can never do such a thing, she was the one that forced herself on me" Justine lied again. I only stared I was too shocked to say a word not because of Miss Christy but because of Justine deceitful words, "It's okay Justine" miss Christy replied waving her hand "oh thank you my heart beat" replied Justine "And for you Daniela, you are leaving this place tomorrow morning, I don't want much trouble" Miss. Christy replied "please ma, he's lying to you" I tried to explain "bother not yourself to plead, just come tomorrow to my bar and I will pay you" Miss. Christy replied leaving the room with Justine. The next day I packed my belongings to the bar I took my salary from Miss. Christy wishing some friend farewell, I left the bar to an unknown destination. I walked for days, looking for where to stay or a place to work in, whenever it's night I head towards an uncompleted building where I lay my head, but I always did that with fear. I used part of the salary I had to feed myself from hunger and death. A week later, I found a place to work as a cleaner. I was given accommodation by the employer, Sir Frederic Mandrill. Unlike the bar I worked in where was paid one thousand each week, am paid four thousand each week by Sir Frederic. Looking at him one would think he's tired of the money, but the truth is that he's a billionaire, I was happy when I had my first and second salary. I had two more weeks to stay in Nigeria and am struggling hard to earn my transport fee back to London.
"Daniela" I heard my name "am coming sir" I replied leaving the cloth I was washing "you called me sir" I asked "yes I did, take this" Sir Frederick said handing me a bag filled with clothes and another assorted jewelries "thank you very much sir" I thank him "you are welcome, you can take off today, go and restroom the day's work" said sir Frederick "oh! Thank you very much sir" I replied heading toward the door. Getting to my house, I took my bath and I fell on my soft fluffy cozy bed. "Thank you God, for this nice employer, and good salaries you've given to me" I said a short prayer "oh! At last" I gasped a through my breadth, when the doorbell rang, disturbing my peace "whoever is there" I thought holding the door knob as I strapped it and it swung up. Standing in front of the door was Sir Frederick towering me like a mountain. I wasn't surprise at his sight, because that wasn't his first or second visit, he usually comes to pick one thing or the other for his business. And moreover he owns the house, pushing the door backward I let him in. "have you taken your bath Daniela?" he asked "yes sir and I was about sleeping when you came in" I replied "okay, that's my girl, come with me, I want to show you something important" he said as I followed him like a good sheep. Having gotten to my room and sitting comfortably on my bed he said "Daniel come seat here, that I may tell you what's in my mind" "thank you sir, but am comfortable here" I answered "are you scared of me? I won't hurt you, I want to have few words with you" he said, I had a thought about it, as I sat on the bed but not too close to him "come on, are you scared of your master?" he said as he came closer than before "Daniela, do you know you are pretty?" He began "you're such a nice, beautiful and hardworking girl" "thank you sir" I replied with fear "look! Ever since you've been here, I've been thinking about you, am even planning to marry you" he said placing his hand on my lap. "Thank you sir but.... I tried to explain" but he snapped "oh! Don't say much I will make your life bright and much comfortable, you will own my companies in Lagos, in fact you will own the cars I have, just feel free" he said pushing me flat "No! sir" I shrieked trying hard to free myself, but he pinned me more harder, I struggled hard and luckily for me my crutches were near, I used it on his head, as he fell down with a loud voice "what! you hit me because I admired your beauty" he bellowed "am sorry sir, but I can't do that" I replied reluctantly "you must be thick in the head, because if you know how you look like, you would have accepting offer, long time ago" "but sir, am satisfied with the ones I have" "Look Daniela, or whatever you call yourself, am giving you just today, I mean this night to make your decision, else ..." said Sir Frederick holding his forehead to his palm, he took his jacket and left.
Later in the night, Sir Frederick Barged into my room "are you ready?" he asked "No! Sir" I replied "oh! Good heaven why are you so naive Daniela, can't you use what you have, to get what you want" he said "because am not brought up that way" I replied as she said we are her little pals." Orlando explained "what about your dad?" I asked "well my dad, being the president spokesman he usually takes permission to be with us" "oh! You have such a nice family... I mean your parents are rich" "yes they are and that's the more reason these campus girls won't take their eyes off me" Orlando replied with pride "you are lucky I wish, I was like you" I replied "well, you will soon to be like me" "is that what you think" "yes and ...Daniela you haven't told me a hint about your family! Mean your parent and siblings" Orlando asked "Alright before I do that, you must do me a favor" "yes what is the favor?" "That you will keep this " I was interrupted by Suzy. "Oh! My goodness" she said "Orlando can you ever leave this bitch of a girl alone, upon all that I've done for you, my love and all, this is all you have to do as a reward" "Are you out of your sense, Suzy?"
"Oh! Am I out of my senses, just because of this fool, you insulted me, For goodness sake, don't you see I love you, this cripple don't deserve you, and she doesn't belong here" Suzy sobbed. "Hey! Look, am not in for all this, you never cared for me or love me, you only love and care for my wealth, so stay away from me... can't you see, Daniela has won my heart not you" Orlando replied. "How can this beast win your heart, her love is as cold as ice, so how
"Enough of that!" Orlando snapped "Now leave us alone" "is it me you are talking to Orlando?" "Yes I said leave" "and as for you" said Suzy pointing at me "and as for you horrible snatcher I will deal with you, I will spend my last penny just to get you out my way" Suzy replied "please leave" Orlando snapped "oh! No!" Suzy shrieked "I hate you both, damn your frisking heard, to hell with you both, I hate you, I hate you, I will keep hating you all for life" Suzy cried out as she left the hall. "Orlando am... am... oh my God!" I tried to utter some words but I couldn't am very scared of Suzy and her friends "look, Daniela you don't need to be scared, am always here for you don't you believe me" said Orlando. I do, but... but... but., oh no!" holding my wrist Orlando said "look at me Daniela, it's me Orlando, calm down" as I looked at Orlando it makes me feel am not alone "it's okay" he said "I can do anything for your sake, and I wish you the best, so calm down" "Orlando, if only you could understand my fears, if you could" I replied "I can, that's the more reason am here, never listen to those damn girls, they aren't worth it, they're only jealous and envy of you, please keep your mind off them" "I've heard you Orlando" I replied "Now can we go" I snapped "yes we can, if only you won't cry' said Orlando "I won't" I replied holding to my crutches".