The door bell rang.Sonia was
the only one at home. Angela
has gone to her shop. David was away in his
She wondered who might be at the
“Who is there?”she asked
standing close to the door.
“It’s me o”A voice said from
“who?”Sonia asked again.
“Soni you can’t recognise my
Sonia smiled and opened the
door.She knew it was Bisi, due
to the way she asked her the last question.
She had told Bisi where she
Bisi her dear friend
had no choice than to come
and visit her there since she
knew Sonia was always home alone when her
“Soni you are enjoying here o. you are really
here” Bisi said.
“That’s what you think. but you are wrong my
“hmmmm,soni,if i were in your
shoes,i would be very very
happy o”Bisi said as she
glanced around the compound.
“Why do you say so?”Sonia
Bisi smile and held her friend.
“You are my friend and i won’t
hide anything from you. If i were you, i would
close to your madam’s husband. you know
what i mean” Bisi
“Do you know what you are
saying?”Sonia was calm
“You are very pretty my dear,and that is a great
asset.your mother needs money for her drugs
we know too well that you are a young woman
wishes to make money like others. this is your
chance”Bisi said as if she knew exactly what
Sonia was quiet. she was actually thinking
“But be careful to avoid your madam’s
She is a woman and will understand every step
take. I have to go before they meet me
said and left.
Sonia pondered this in her heart.Bisi has been a
friend for long.They had suffered together and
so share so many things in common,despite the
fact that they both hailed from different places.
She remembered Ebere who had called her up
to take the job as a maid.Ebere had told her
that she will have a discussion with her in four
days time and nobody should know about
it.She wondered what the kind lady might have
“Bisi my dear friend.you may be right but i
haven’t got that kind of heart”she soliloquied as
she watched Bisi walk lazily out of the
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Life had not been fair to Sonia.All her life,she
had toiled and worked to raise money.Since she
finished secondary school;fees of which she saw
to,she worked ardously like a man to support
her mom,who had a failing health.
Her mother,instead of appreciating the poor
girl’s efforts,made matters worst by always
telling her she’s a weakling.Sonia just couldn’t
figure out why her mother of all people should
call her a weakling inasmuch as she involves
herself in different types of menial jobs inorder
to make both ends meets.
It actually happened that she got home one
day with bruises all over her body as a result of
the countless number of times she fell
down,climbing a ladder,carrying a headpan
filled with mixed sand,concrete,cement and
The contractors at first refused allowing her to
work due to the fact that she’s a
women.Women were not allowed to do such
work but she begged and pleadd with them to
give her a chance;to test her and see how
strong she was.
After carrying four headpans of the heavy
mixture to the second decking through a ladder
slanting against a the rough wall,she felt
weak,missed a step and fell from the
ladder,while the headpan and its contents fell
It was then she confirmed that”not everything
a man can do that a woman can do better”
The contractor had compassion on her and paid
her some money so she can go home and buy
She expected her mother to feel sorry for
her,seeing those bruises on her body but
instead,the provoking old woman added salt to
her injuries by telling her she was too lazy.
“mom,please,stop telling me that.it’s breaking
my heart.its killing my spirit.you know too well
that i am trying my best”She sniffed,knowing
she was just a step away from crying.She
fought the tears that threatened and blinked
them back.She was tired of shedding endless
tears from the hurting words from her mother.
“how many people got bruises on their body
there?”the bitter woman asked.
Sonia just stared at her without a word.Right
from the day she started imagining and
thinking with her brain,her mothers attitude
towards her had always made her wonder if she
was actually her biological mother