THE HOUSEMAID *DISASTER*
The arrival of Sonia gladdened Angela’s heart. She was delighted. Sonia on her own part played not only the role of a maid. She felt much comfortable around her madam; she just took Angela as her elder sister.
Sonia took charge of the household chores. She took charge of preparing the meals. She even offered to wash the clothes instead of taking them to the dry cleaner. She was in desperate need for money to support her mother’s failing health. She was able to finish her secondary school but couldn’t go further to higher institutions because of lack of finance. So, since then, she has been looking for money through any possible means inorder to keep living and support her mother who was always sick.
David bumped into Sonia as he hurried out of his room with his briefcase. He was getting late for work. She fell down as his body brushed her.
“Oh i am sorry. get up, give me your hand” David reached for her hand to help get her up from the ground.
“Good morning sir. I was actually coming to tell you that your breakfast is ready” She announced as she got up from the ground.
“I don’t think i can still have breakfast. I have to attend an important meeting this morning and i am running out of time. Where is your madam?” David was in a hurry.
“She is still sleeping” Sonia replied.
She had a way of talking that made her outstanding. Talking slowly and pronouncing every word to the end.
David made to Angela’s room to notice her of his early leaving because of an important meeting. As David drove, he thought within himself how Sonia handles the house duties as if she was actually a member of the family. She was in good terms with both husband and wife. Angela had been right about bringing her in, he thought.
The door bell rang. Sonia was the only one at home. Yes we are waiting for you to join. Angela has gone to her shop. David was away in his office. She wondered who might be at the door.
“Who is there?”she asked standing close to the door.
“It’s me o”A voice said from outside.
“who?”Sonia asked again.
“Soni you can’t recognise my voice ni?
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 now lives. Bisi her dear friend had no choice than to come and visit her there since she knew Sonia was always home alone when her
employers leave for work.
“Soni you are enjoying here o, you are really enjoying here” Bisi said.
“That’s what you think but you are wrong my dear”Sonia defended herself.
“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 asked.
Bisi smile and held her friend.
“You are my friend and i won’t hide anything from you. If i were you, i would get close to your madam’s husband. you know what i mean” Bisi rolled her eyeballs.
“Do you know what you are saying?”Sonia was calm though.
“You are very pretty my dear, and that is a great asset, your mother needs money for her drugs and we know too well that you are a young woman who wishes to make money like others, this is your chance” Bisi said as if she knew exactly what she was saying.
Sonia was quiet, she was actually thinking
“But be careful to avoid your madam’s suspicions. She is a woman and will understand every step you take. I have to go before they meet me here” Bisi 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 for her.
“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 compound