The act of desperate mothers

STREET LOVE

EPs. 1

“Over my dead body!” Lucia spat out, storming out of the room, carrying her eight months old baby with her.

Her mother, Patricia ran after her and held her hand, turning her back to face her.

“How dare you walk out on me!” Patricia shouted on her daughter.

Lucia’s eyes yelled up in tears as she looked at the woman she called her mother.

“Mother, how could you! How could you ask me to join your ruined life?”

“Watch what you say to me, Lucy!!”

“I don’t care! I will never ever go back to my old ways when I was a teenager!

You taught me nothing but how to go after boys and extort money from them!

My mates are all in school while I’m here with a child!

I went about sleeping around with boys and married men, collecting their money!

It is the result of this child I’m carrying now and you still have the guts to ask me to become a whore like you?

I don’t care what you do with your life, just count me out of it!” Lucy shouted on her mother who laughed.

“See who’s talking? Is your life not ruined too?

Yes, you are supposed to be in school, not saddled with a bastard.”

Patricia said, gesturing and sneering at Lucia’s daughter, Rachael.

“My daughter is not a bastard!! She has a father…and I know who the father is.

He’s out there! You are the one who gave birth to me without a father!

I’m the bastard here now! If you have given me the morals a mother should have given to her daughter…I wouldn’t have ended up like this!

You have no right to tell me my mistakes! You caused them!” Lucy yelled back.

Rachael’s face squeezed in confusion at the noise and started crying.

Lucy brought her head closer, cuddling the baby to her chest, while glaring at her mother.

“I don’t care what you think. All I want you to know is that if you won’t join me and make money, count your mouth and that of your baby out of any food in this house.

Not only that, no money for you again in this house until your senses are back.

I can’t continue being the only person making money in this house while you sit down and spend them!

You can’t do what I do but yet, you can spend the money I make out of it? Impossible, no food for you and your daughter in this house again!

Not the one I bought with my own money. Nonsense!”

Lucy looked unbelievably at her mother. “So, it has gotten to the point of that? What did my innocent baby do to you?” Lucy asked, more tears running out.

As though she heard what her grandmother had said, Rachael’s cries increased.

Patricia said nothing, she hissed and was about to walk out when her phone rang.

She sneered at Lucy as she picked it up, switching into a sweet voice.” Oh, Chief Abdul….yeah…I’m already dressed. Really?”

She paused, smiling happily.”Of course, you know I never fail you, chief!

Yes. Right now, I’m on my way out. Pick me up at the round about near Zion filling station.

Yes…oh… thanks chief!” Patricia said sweetly into the phone.

“Wow..that was a cool amount!” She said, taking up her bag.

She looked at Lucy, up and down pointing to her.”I’m going out right now and I won’t be back till tommorow morning.

Make sure you lock my door and fill that drum at the backyard.”

Patricia said and walked out of the house in her mini skirt and spaghetti top.

Lucy stared after her, regretting she was born into this world… regretting the very day this woman gave birth to her… she cursed that day.

She wished she never had a mother at all.

Tears yelled up in her eyes as she looked down at her baby, who was falling into sleep.

The tears dropped down as she thought of what to do….where to get money to feed them. She would never join her… never but then….

She was doomed……

To be continued… *LATE EVENING*

EPs. 2

She laid her baby on the bed, with tears in her eyes

She sat down, thinking.

How was she going to be able to feed her baby? She was just twenty one and a secondary school certificate holder.

Would she be able to get a job?

Lucy got up from bed and went out to take her bath before drifting into an uneasy sleep.

The next morning, she woke up with an headache.

After drinking some pills, she bathed her daughter and dressed her up, then went out of the house to buy cassava flour with the little money with her.

She was closed to the seller, so she got the sugar and groundnut on credit, promising to bring the money by evening.

As she was going home, she took another route and passed by the primary school in the other street and saw a noticed board.

They were looking for a teacher to teach the primary one pupils.

Lucy stopped, staring at the board in front of the school, an idea stroking her.

Should she go in there and try her luck?

She looked at Rachael. What was she going to do with her?

No one was ever going to employ her with a baby.

Lucy breathed in, as she started walking back home.

Who would be so considerate to help her look after a baby?.

After taking the cassava flour, she went back to the seller. She was her only option.

“An an…this one you came back with this small baby, I hope all is well.

Why are you carrying her around in this hot sun? The woman whom was known as Aunty Martha said, taking the baby from her.

She loves little children so much especially Rachael.

She has been married to her husband for eight years with no issue and whenever she sees little children, her heart was always filled with hope.

“Aunty Martha, I have something I want you to do for me. Please, you are my only hope.”Lucy pleaded and went down on her knees.

Aunty Martha urged her to her up and they sat down.

“What is the matter? You are free to tell me your mind.

“Aunty Martha said as Lucy stared down at her hands, trying to fight back the tears that threatened to pour out.

“I have no one else to turn to neither do I have any other choice.

I need to go out there and look for a job to sustain myself and to be able to look after my baby. Please…can she be staying with you from morning till afternoon if I get the job?” Lucy slowly asked, praying she would not say no.

Aunty Martha smiled, looking at Rachael who played with the Hem of her dress.” It’s a very great privilege for me to do that. I will gladly take care of her.

Don’t worry.” Martha said and Lucy smiled happily at her, having rest of mind immediately.

She left her baby in the care of Martha with some money and quickly left, promising to come back on time.

She went home to take her School cert.

She got to the school and entered the school compound, praying fervently that she would be employed.

She needed the job badly.

She met a teacher on her way and stopped her with a greeting.

“Excuse me ma.” Lucy said, as the teacher turned to look at her.

“Yes, how may I help you? Please be quite fast, I have a class right now.” The teacher replied, looking down at her wrist watch.

“Oh I’m sorry. I just wanted to ask you the way to the principal’s office.” Lucy replied quickly.

“Okay. Just go straight from this point to that building over there then take your left turn. The office is there ” the teacher replied and continued barely waiting for Lucy to say thank you.

Lucy walked as directed and came across a single building by the last class.

She walked to the main door and knocked. A male voice asked her to come inside. Lucy breathed in and pushed the door opened, coming face to face with the principal.

“Yes, what do you want young lady?” The man behind the large table asked, lowering his eye glasses to take a close look at the intruder.

Lucy quickly greeted.” I saw a notice board in front of the school gate so I came inside to apply.” Lucy Said and the principal answered.

“You can sit down.” The principal, Mr Ekpor said, gesturing to one of the chair in front of him.

Lucy sat quietly, looking around.

“So, what do you think you can do what are your potentials?” Mr Ekpor asked.

Lucy handed him her school certificate and he briefly looked into it.

“Well, sir…I know this is not really enough to show how good I am but I’m promising you a very brilliant work.

Please…just grant me this employment and you will never regret it. Please sir…I so much need this job.” Lucy pleaded, almost standing up from her chair.

Mr Ekpor smiled.” It’s okay. I will give you a chance tommorow if you are only obedient.” Mr Ekpor said, looking at Lucy and smiling.

Lucy looked at him wondering what he meant by obedient. Of course, she was going to be obedient! “Yes sir. You don’t have to worry about that!” She quickly responded.

She returned to Martha’s shop with so much joy in her heart. She was going to begin her teaching tomorrow. Although, she knew nothing about the amount she was going to be collecting but at this stage in time, she needed anything to sustain herself.

After saying thank you to Martha, she journeyed back home with her baby.

As soon as she opened the door, the smell of cigarette rented the air.

Lucy came in to see her mother, laughing and making out with one of her male friends, Mr Paul.

A married man who owns one of the big factories in town.

Lucy stood, looking at them disdainfully.

Patricia stopped laughing and looked at Lucy.”So, greeting has also become a problem to you right? Can’t you greet?” She queried.

Lucy ignored her, still staring at them.”Did I just hear you say greet? Wait….greet who in particular? I will only say this. The smell of this cigarette is affecting my baby, please.” Lucy replied rudely as Patricia stood up.

“In my own house? I will advise you carry your baby and leave this house till I’m done or you will be forced to hear your mother, making sweet sounds of pleasure.” Patricia said, smiling down at Mr Paul.

“Children of nowadays, they have no regards for their elders!” Mr Paul said as Lucy hissed looked at him.

“Elders? Did I just hear you say elders? Are you an elder?

A married man who goes to meet a w—e in her house…is that what you call an elder!” Lucy asked.

“Get out of this house, Lucy!” Patricia shouted, pointing at the door.

Lucy looked at her, hissed and left the house.

She sat down outside the house, waiting for them to come out.

She stay till evening, hearing their laughter.

Rachael fell asleep in her arms and she desperately wanted to go inside but the door was already closed.

They did not come out till late in the night.

Patricia looked mockingly at her as she came out.”Now you can go inside and make sure you lock my door. I’m going out.” She said and went away with Mr Paul in his car.

Lucy stared after her, her eyes filled with tears.

She went inside and put her baby on the bed before kneeling down to pray.

Early the next morning, Lucy woke up and quickly dressed for her new work.

She did her best to look smart in her shirt and black skirt. She was a little nervous but she tried her best to control it.

She dropped her baby with Martha who gladly accepted to take care of her the whole day.

Lucy was taken to her class and she quickly adapted to the new work, getting along with the students quickly.

For the first time, the class was lively that even the principal came to greet her.

“You are doing a very good job here. This class is not always this lively when the former teacher was here. Well done”. The principal said and Lucy beaned with smiles.

“Thank you sir.” Lucy said.

“See me after closing time. Let’s talk about your salary and other things.” The principal said and left.

When it was closing time, the students joined others for after lessons while Lucy quickly went to the principal’s office to see him.

“Sir, you asked me to come.” Lucy Said, standing before him.

The principal smiled and nodded, taking away his glasses and placing them on the table. ”Yes, have your seat.”

Lucy sat down, waiting to hear what he wanted to say.

“Well, in this school, most things comes with a lot of prices….you know.” The principal started.

Lucy said nothing. She sat still, looking at him.

“Well…your salary will even get increased only if you can be obedient like I said yesterday. The thing is…” The principal said and started to stand up, going round the table.

Lucy’s heart did a double flip as the man started walking directly towards her.

“You have to be brave my dear and use what you have to get what you want.” Mr Ekpor said as he got to Lucy.

He turned her chair around so she was facing him. He sat in front of her, smiling.

Lucy was confused. What was this man trying to do?

Then she understood when he brought his head closer, reaching for her mouth with his dirty tongue sticking out.

His hand reached into her shirt as he unbuttoned it.

Lucy’s heart started to beat fast. What was this man trying to do with her body?

She slapped his hand away, rushing up.”Ex… Excuse me sir…I…I.. don’t understand what you are talking about.” Lucy stammered and the principal laughed, standing up and going closer to her.

“You don’t understand? Well,I want your body and if you want this job.. I advise you use your head and give it to me.” Mr Ekpor said, pulling Lucy to himself, as he started kissing her neck.

Lucy was shocked as her body froze at the touch.

She would never do this! Never! But it was her only hope for now! Her only hope.

Lucy desperately wanted to stop him…wanted to push him away but she found herself relaxing… relaxing at his touch……..

To be Continued…

EPs. 3

Lucy’s eyes closed down as she felt the man’s hand sliding into her shirt. Suddenly, she came
back to her senses, and slapped him, rushing away from him.
“You slapped me for trying to help you?”Mr Ekpor asked, his hand on the affected cheek. “I’m.. sorry sir but why are you doing this?
Please….I can’t do this with you….just give me any amount you like…I will manage it
like that.”
Lucy pleaded as she felt hot tears pricking her eyes. Mr Ekpor smiled. ”I’m sorry but that’s not possible.
You have to give something in return if you want this job.

Get out of my office if you are not ready!” Mr Ekpor shouted marching back to his seat. Lucy was heartbroken as she turned around and left the office.
Once outside, she broke into a silent soon as she walked out of the school compound.
She went to Martha’s shop and picked up her baby, pretending that everything was inside. As she got home that evening, she went straight to her room and cried.
She cried till she could not longer cry again.
Suddenly, she was angry. Very angry as she dried up her tears, frowning deeply.
“God, what’s all this! Why is my life like this? Is this what you really want me to do?
To continue from where I stopped? Do you really want me to give out my body again?
Since you don’t want me to become the good girl you want me to be, then no problem because I
can see that you have forsaken me! Why can’t you give me a job even after becoming faithful to you!
Let’s put an end to this, by tomorrow morning… I’m going to give my body to that man for the job…. for my daughter… I can’t loose her to hunger!” Lucy said as tears ran through her face once more.
Having nothing on her, she decided to go into the kitchen and take the baby food there although she knew her mother had told her not to touch anything in the house again.
Rachael was hungry even after she had breastfeeded her.
She brought out the baby food and milk and set them on the dinning.
After mixing them together, she sat down with the baby and began to feed her.
She had barely fed her when Patricia returned home.
When she entered, her eyes went straight to them.
She walked to the dinning, staring down at the food.
Lucy ignored her as she continued feeding her baby. Kindly hi omeano Simon on+233544142683 to be added to storyline, storybaze,fresh stories kingdom, House of stories and unlimited story platform to get more stories from there.
Patricia lifted the plate and threw the food on the ground as everything spilled on the floor.
Lucy was alarmed as she bolted up on her feet.
Her eyes went wide as she stared at the spilled food on the carpet, shocked.
“Mother!”
“So, you think I was joking about my decision in this house?
Whose money was used in buying this baby food! You shameless thing! You can’t join me and make money but you can use the money and feed your precious baby?”
Patricia shouted at her and Rachael’s cries rented the whole house.
Lucy tried to fight back the tears that threatened to pour out but she just couldn’t help it. They came down in a rush.
“Why are you being so wicked? This baby has done nothing to you!” Lucy cried.
Patricia laughed. ”By the time you are ready, you will find that fish by your self. I can’t continue giving you fish my dear…
Learn how to catch it by your self!” Patricia snapped at her as she picked up the baby
food pack and the milk. She hissed once more at her and left the room.
Lucy sat down heavily background on her chair in tears as she looked at her crying baby.
She had no choice but to go back to Martha who gave them something to eat.
Lucy returned home with her mind made up.
Tomorrow ….. she would go back to Mr Ekpor.
The next morning, she woke up and did not bother about prayer. What was she praying for? She got dressed and prepare Rachael too, taking her to Martha as usual. She walked to school, her heart beating fast with disgust, hatred and frustration
She got to the school compound and started walking to Mr Ekpor’s office.
She got to the door and breathed in.
She raised her hand to knock and brought it down again, fighting the urge to turn and run away.
She decided not to knock… what was the use of it? The principal already lost the respect she was supposed to have for him.

Suddenly, she pushed the door open and entered.
She stopped, as she felt her heart beat stop too. Her eyes widened at what she saw.
On top of Mr Ekpor on his seat, was a half naked woman… probably a teacher too…. sucking his penis. “Oh my God!” Lucy shouted, her hands flying up to cover her mouth.
Mr Ekpor jumped up as the teacher rushed off him too, trying to cover her nakedness.
“Emm…oh..you…you..came… don’t… really mind..come..have… have…”Mr Ekpor stammered, trying to knot back his loosened
tie.
Without any word, Lucy turned and ran out of the office.
She felt cheap….so cheap!!..
“Lucy!! Lucy!! Come back, Please, Lucy…Oh goodness!!” Mr Ekpor screamed from his
office but Lucy did not turn… neither did she even look back a bit.
She continued running, never going back, tears flying freely from her face.
Just as she came out of the main road to link the round about which led to her house, a car coming directly from her left ran into her and knocked her… throwing her on the solid ground with a great thud.
Her tears touched the ground before her blood did. Lucy stared blankly at the sky….. asking God why… asking him why he had forsaken her
as she felt herself slipping away…. slipping out of her body… and slipping into unconsciousness.

To be continued

EPs. 4

Lucy opened her eyes slowly and saw herself laying on a bed.

She sat up looking around and immediately knew where she was.

Hospital.

She looked down at her knee, it was bandaged already.

She touched her head. Nothing happened to her there.

Lucy was relieved as she remembered how the car had knocked her down.

She looked around again. How did she get here?

She wanted to come down from the bed but her body was in pain, especially her legs.

She could not get down. She was seriously in pain.

Just then, the door opened and a woman came in, smiling at her.

“Thank God you are awake. I was so scared that I have killed someone.” The woman said, walking up to Lucy who stared up at her.

“Did you brought me here?” Lucy asked.

“Yes. You lost consciousness before I rushed you here.

But thankfully, you did not have any injury on your head…just a scratch beside your ear and it has been treated.

Also, you did not lose so much blood.” The woman explained.

Lucy looked at her, nodding.

The woman was probably her mum’s age or she could be older than her.

She looked d–n rich and beautiful. She smelt so good too.

“Thank you very much ma. I was the one who ran into the road without looking.

It was my fault but right now, I have to get going…my baby…I have to go and get her from my friend.”

Lucy said as the woman looked thoughtfully at her.

“You can’t go home just like this. You still need treatment and I’m ready to pay.

Just tell me where you live… maybe I can contact your husband… anybody.”the woman said and Lucy nodded. No need to full herself.

She would not be able to walk in her condition.

Lucy gave her the direction of the house and prayed the woman would meet her mother at home.

Even though they were having some misunderstanding, Lucy knew her mother would not hesitate to run along with the woman to the hospital when she hears about what happened to her.

Few hours later, the woman came back with Patricia who rushed to Lucy’s bed, alarmed.

“What were you looking for! Oh my goodness, do you want to kill yourself, Lucy!” Patricia shouted.

Lucy managed a week smile. ”I’m getting better, mother. I need you to help me get out of here …I need to pick up Rachael.”

“Where did you keep that little girl, Lucy! What were you looking for? I try to show you the way but is it death you want?”  Patricia snapped at Lucy.

Lucy glared at her mother and looked at the woman who stared at mother and daughter.

Lucy glared back at her mother, praying the woman did not understand what they were talking about.

“Mother, please… can we not discuss about this here right now” Lucy asked silently.

The woman payed all the bills and even gave Lucy extra money for additional treatment.

“Is there anything I can help you with…let me know.” The woman said as Lucy looked at her, smiling.

What could she probably need from the woman? Lucy was fed up with life….she was still shocked at the experience she saw earlier.

“Nothing ma. I’m just grateful that you did not abandon me on the road and also for the additional money…what more can I ask of?

Thanks so much… goodbye.” Lucy said and the woman smiled back at the lady before her. She quickly took a liking to her but she had to leave.

“Okay….can you give me your contact…if possible?” The woman asked.

“Oh I’m sorry but I don’t have any available contact with me ” Lucy replied.

“Okay no problem. I guess it’s good bye for now.”

The woman said, carrying her bag. Lucy waved and suddenly stopped to ask her something.

“I will like to know your name, please.” She requested as the woman smiled.

“Susana Johnson. Mrs Johnson.” The woman replied, before leaving the room.

Lucy stared after the door, her heart urging her to go out and stop the woman, begging her for help but Lucy sat her heart made up.

The door opened and Patricia came in, looking at Lucy.

She went closer to her and sat beside her in the bed.

She coughed severally before she started talking.

“Don’t you think you need to treat this cough? It’s becoming too much.” Lucy said.

“Don’t worry…its nothing.

Lucy can’t you see? Being a good girl or trying to be one is useless!

Where was your God when you had an accident? Why couldn’t he stop the accident and give you a job instead?

Use your brain!!” Patricia said aloud as Lucy looked away, tears coming out.

They got home around 9 in the night, with Rachael who had slept off in Martha’s house.

Lucy explained what happened and Martha was deeply sorry for her.

She took her bath and dressed in her night gown.

She was feeling pain all over her body but she endured.

Patricia was making up her face, getting ready for tonight’s outing when a knock came on her bedroom door.

“Come in.” She called and Lucy gently entered and sat on the bed, looking at her mother as she make up her face.

When she said nothing, Patricia turned to look at her from the mirror.

“What’s it? I thought you came in here to tell me something.

Did you come here to watch me dress for my outing?” Patricia asked, turning back to the mirror, to add her mascara.

Lucy breathed in, regretting what she was about to say,

hating herself for what she was about to do but she had no other choice…no other option…she just had to.

Taking another deep breath, she fought back the urge to break down in tears as she looked up at her mother.

“Mo…. mother…. I’m….I’m… ready…..” Lucy started and stopped as Patricia turned sharply to look at her.

“Ready…for what?” Patricia asked, hoping it was what she was thinking.

“I’m ready to join you….I’m ready to do what you do…the business you do….I’m ready to sell my body…..to make money…….I’m… ready.”

As soon as she said it, Lucy’s heart sank at the thought of her baby.
She had always wanted to be a good mother to her but right now…she hated herself and as she glanced at her mother’s jubilant face, she hated her the more…hated the world she lived in…..but right now…by tomorrow ….she would join forces with her mother and become a prostitute…

To be continued

EPs. 5

“I promise you….you are going to love it!

I will contact Sam Immediately to come over from Abuja.

You remember him right? That guy that came to our house with chief Abdul.

You rejected him even after all the money he promised.

I know he will be willing to come back for you.” Patricia said, happily.

Lucy nodded, managing a smile. She would have gone out for her first night but because of Rachael and the pains in her body, they decided to make it tomorrow.

The next day, Lucy went to Martha and told her the change in plans.

She begged her to keep Rachael with her through out the night, promising to pay.

Martha agreed.

By evening, Lucy bathed Rachael, clothed her and took her to Martha with so much grieve that it showed on her face.

She went back home and get her mother in her room, putting a cloth for her in the bed.

By the time her face was painted and rearranged, Lucy looked like a sexy lady.

She was actually a black beauty with all the curves in the right places.

Patricia smiled at her from the mirror, proud of the work she had done.

“Now, I will go out for you to dress. Hurry up for your first night.

Sam is already at the airport and has given me the address of the hotel he’s going to be staying in. You don’t have to be sad.

He’s d–n rich and he’s also going to pay well.” Patricia said as Lucy nodded, smiling with pain in her heart.

“And also, there are some advice I want to give you concerning this midnight work.

You must not follow a car with more than one guy inside. You must not sleep with any man without protection.

Under no circumstances should you allow a guy to take you to his real house whether married or unmarried.

You must abide by this time, understand.” Patricia asked and Lucy looked at her, nodding.

“You don’t have to worry. I won’t disappoint you.” Lucy replied and Patricia smiled, and went out.

Lucy stood up from the mirror, turning to look at the cloth on the bed.

She allowed the towel around her drop to the floor and picked up the jump suit and started dressing into it.

By the time she was done and looked into the mirror, Lucy gasped at the image she saw.

She looked so hot and sexy.

“Oh my goodness!! Your first night is gonna be hot!”

Patricia sang happily as her daughter emerged from the room.

Lucy said nothing, she only managed a smile.

Around 9:30 pm, they left the house for the hotel.

When they got to the Porter’s lodge, they asked for the room number and we’re directed.

Patricia winked at Lucy.” Make sure you win his heart for another night.

Treat him well and give him your best, okay?” Patricia said, before rushing out of the place.

Lucy breathed in, looked up the stairs and started going up.

She knocked on the door and her heartbeat accelerated as a male voice asked her to come inside.

Lucy turned the door knob and it swooshed open.

She entered and saw Sam, standing by the lamp side, pouring himself a drink.

He was waiting nothing but short briefs that left little to the imagination.

“Wow, Lucy!! I can’t believe you actually came.

I thought your mother was only trying to force you again after what happened the last time.

I’m glad you are here.” Sam said, smiling broadly at her.

Lucy looked at him and looked away.”Where is the bathroom? I need a towel too.”

She responded and Sam showed her the bathroom.

Lucy took a white towel and went into the bathroom to change.

She came out and saw Sam already on the bed, his manhood already up and thankful.

Lucy endured all shame, all regrets and walked to the bed.

She climbed up and sat on Sam, loosing the towel off her body to reveal her full boobs.

Sam sunk in his breath as he grabbed one and lifted his head, sucking at it madly.

Lucy closed her eyes and pushed him back onto the bed.

She gave him a sexy massage pinning him down to the pillow.

She licked his chest down to his navel….down his hairy part and made him go crazy.

Sam stood up and turned her over on the bed, penetrating her before she could slid off.

Lucy gasped, as though she had just been violated for the second time.

“Oh my goodness, Lucy!! You are so sweet…you are doing good!!” Sam said hoarsely in her ears.

Lucy held onto the bed sides, tightly as Sam made his entry, making sounds of pleasure over her painful gasps

“I’m going to pay you so well …can we do this another night! I’m going crazy!!!” Sam raved on, losing control.

He grabbed one of her breast, pulling, massaging… cupping them till her nipples hardened.

She was supposed to be filled with want but what she felt right now was guilt and pain.

She held his shoulders tightly and felt another round of tears on her face.

But she choosed this part because she  had no other choice, did she not?
So she had to endure and look forward to the money…..she just had to…

To be continued.

EPs. 6

Lucy opened her eyes early the next morning, sighing out loud.

She was weak…so weak she could barely move.

“Morning honey, how was your night?” Sam asked, holding her close and kissing the back of her neck.

Lucy snapped away from him, gathering the bed spread to her naked body.

“What are you doing? Are you going to pay for this morning too?” Lucy asked, glaring at him.

Sam smiled and laughed. Trying to be smart, I guess?

Well then you are so sweet and more active than your mother and I’m going to pay you well… no… I think you should name your price.”

Sam said, getting up from the bed too.

Lucy stared at him. What was he trying to say by that? Does it mean that he had also had sex with her mother?

God… Lucy felt cheap…so cheap!

She rushed into the bathroom where she left her cloth and quickly took her bath.

She dried her body and wore back her cloth.

She came out of the bathroom room and walked to the bed side and carried her bag.

“I’m leaving…where is the money?” Lucy said to Sam who sat on the bed, drinking wine.

“How much do you want? Just name your price…I want to treat you well so you will be able to give me a good treat another time.” Sam said and gave a little laugh.

“100k.” Lucy replied and Sam looked at her, surprised.

“100k….wow…that’s quite large but I’m gonna give it to you for your good treat.” Sam said, getting up.

He pulled out his brief case from under the bed and brought out a bunch of naira notes.

Lucy snatched it up and left the room without another word.

She kept staring at the money in her bag as she journeyed back.

Her mother would be so happy with her…just for a night…her first night…she got a large prize.

She went to Martha’s shop as soon as she came down from the bus and picked up her daughter.

She gave Martha five thousand naira from the money for appreciation.

She then left for home. As soon as she opened the door, her mother’s loud cough rented the air.

She was sitting down on the floor, coughing so hard.

Lucy’s eyes widened as she rushed to her. She laid Rachael on the chair and tried to pull her up.”What happened! Since when did this cough started!” Lucy asked.

Patricia coughed again before she managed to sit back on the chair, hitting her chest.

Lucy rushed and got her a cup of water.

It subsided after she drank two cups of water.

Lucy saw a pack of cigarette on the table and sighed.”Go! Mother…you have to stop smocking! It’s killing you.!” Lucy said, taking away the cigarette.

“How was your first night?” Patricia asked, in a cracked voice.

Lucy sat down, removed her shoes and, pulled out the money from her bag.

Patricia’s eyes widened as she gasped at the large money.”

Oh my God! How much is this??” She asked, her voice suddenly becoming clear and strong.

“A hundred thousand. He asked me to name my prize.”

Lucy said and Patricia stated unbelievably at her.

“Hey!! You should have asked for something more larger!

My goodness!! We are going to become rich!” Patricia said happily as Lucy looked at her, carrying up her baby who had started crackling up.

They went to the mall and brought a lot of things they needed.

Together with her own money, they payed their house rent in advance.

Lucy bought new clothes for Rachael and new shoes and bought toiletries for herself.

They returned home in the evening after leaving Rachael with Martha.

Lucy got ready for her second night.

She came out of her room and saw her mother sitting down in the living room, undressed.

She was surprised.”Are you not going out tonight?” She asked.

“No…I will leave it to you. Hope you heard everything I advised you about?” Patricia asked and Lucy nodded.

“Good. And more one thing….when you go there to the club…stand alone.

Don’t stand with other girls. You won’t be noticed on time.” Patricia said and Lucy nodded.

She went out and got to the large club at around 10:30.

She saw other girls, who were almost naked standing outside and calling men who came to pick them.

There was a large shade beside the club house and inside it were tables and chairs for drinking.

Lucy cat walked to a deserted place and stood, standing sexily.

She tried to shot her ears away grom the noisy prostitutes but they kept rushing inside her head.

“You no see this thief! You wan take my man!

“He be like say your village people dey play afro beat for your brain abi? Abi thunder wan fire your mama?”

“Costomer..come na…come see packaging ooohh!!”…..

Lucy stared on, waiting for someone to come to her.

She knew she was looking good in her black mini gown with a single hand.

Just then, a limousine drove in, stopping in front of the shade.

The girls crowded the car, show casing themselves but Lucy stood at her position, parading herself.

Three guys came out of the car, discussing noisily and laughing.

One of the guys, who appeared to be more handsome and cute, stood resting against the car while his friends went to make their choice.

They came back with two hot girls.

“Ryan….this one you ate standing here like this…are you sure you don’t want to pick any girl?

Benson, one of the two friends asked, putting an arm around his girl. Ryan smiled cooly, indicating no.

“Leave him. Let him be playing holy holy holy as if he’s the holiest.” Felix, the other guy said.

Ryan have a small laugh. ”I don’t know why you guys are so irresponsible… because this isn’t even right.

I have to come here with you guys because you insisted bit I will stop coming here before you corrupt me too.”

Ryan said and they laughed.

They all got into the car, ignoring the rest of the girls flaunting their selves in front of the car.

He gave a loud horn and they all fled.

But Lucy came out as they fled, and cat walked in front of the car, going back to her position.

Ryan stopped and looked at her as she walked past then slowed the car more.

Just as he slowly passed Lucy by, his eyes went outside and caught her face.

He drove by slowly and his friends looked at him.

“Wettin dey appen? You don change mind?” Felix asked and Ryan looked at him thoughfully.

“The girl I saw now…I don’t think she’s a prostitute..and I wonder why she’s standing out so late.” Ryan said and reversed back.

She stopped in front of Lucy who chewed her chewing gum more noisily and looked away.

Ryan rolled down the windscreen and looked out, looking at her. ”Hi.”

Lucy turned to look at him and looked away again.

“I….saw you standing out here and I wonder what you are doing here …..it’s late already.” Ryan said and Lucy looked at him, suppressing the urge to laugh.

“Oh my gee…this is where I work and the appropriate time for me to start!” Lucy snapped and Ryan looked up and down at her, noticing for the first time how she really looked.

He looked back at his friends.

“She’s one of them.” He whispered to them and they shrugged.

Ryan looked back at Lucy, wanting to start the engine and drive away.

But each time he tried to start the car, his eyes kept lingering on her face… doubting she was what she claimed to be.

Even in the darkness right there…he could see a troubled soul, a soul full of pain and frustration.

 Inside those eyes..he could see an innocent soul, pleading for help and he felt himself, coming down from the car and going out to offer her that help….

To be continued

By penhouse

Jaja Godspower is a creative thinker and business strategist. He an award winning writer, blogger, author and a film maker from Nigeria. He is motivated with the desire to grow brands and businesses through adequate branding and visibility with his writing expertise. He is the founder of Penhouse Initiative, one of the largest growing writing hub in Africa.

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