*THE HOUSEMAID* *DISASTER*
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 water.
The contractors at first refused allowing her to work due to the fact that she’s a woman. Women were not allowed to do such work but she begged and pleaded 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 rough wall she felt weak, missed a step and fell from the ladder, while the headpan and its contents fell on her.
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 some drugs.
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 & 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 mother’s attitude towards her had always made her wonder if she was actually her biological mother
“How many people fell from the building?” Her mother asked again.
Sonia was not surprised at her mother. It was no new kind of question to her. Her mother had always remained a mystery to her.
“mum, i was the only woman there. You know its not for women but i had to do it. I had to do it mum to raise some money inorder to get you more drugs, i just don’t know why you are always hostile to me mom” There were tears in her voice this time as she went for a seat, holding her aching leg, sobbing and moaning in pain.
“you are too lazy”
That was all she heard the woman she called her mother say with a disdainful hiss.
“mom, you know what? Overtime i have always wondered if i actually came out from your womb” Sonia said and stormed out of the house with the pains she felt all over her body to get some pain killers.
Being a pretty young girl, she was so much admired by young men and even the married ones alike but she never paid them any attention. Paul, one of the young men in her neighbourhood vowed to have his way with her by all means. He had tried everything under his power to earn her friendship but she abruptly turned him down.
“baby i don’t mean any harm. I just want to be a friend. I wish you can just come over to my house one of these days to see where i live” Paul had one day told her.
When Sonia finally visited him, after agreeing to be just a friend, Paul offered her a drink and she took it. The next thing she discovered was that she opened her eyes and found herself on the bed, stack Unclad. Not even a bra was on her. Blood was all over the bedspread.
“noooo, Jesus nooo”she covered her face with her palms and cried out in pains. She opened her eyes again and found Paul at one corner of the room, staring at her. She quickly grabbed the bed spread and covered her unclothedness. With eyes full of tears she focused her gaze on him
“Paul, paul why, whyyy paul. You betrayed my trust paul. I told you i am a virgin. Do you have to do this?” She couldn’t control the tears anymore as they flowed freely from her eyes.
Paul came closer to comfort her. Sonia angrily threw the pillow at him.
“Don’t come near me, She barked. I hate you!”
“Sonia i am sorry, i didn’t know you were telling the truth”Paul pleaded. He felt bad though but he was happy he got what he actually wanted. Now he can let her be, while he goes out in search of new chicks.
Sonia soon discovered that Paul no longer had interest in her probably because he got what he had been looking for. Her heart was totally shattered when Paul told her to go way.
“You can’t use and dump me”Sonia warned
“I just did”Paul told her.
Sonia made up her mind to take revenge on Paul. He must pay for taking her pride away and dumping her.
“I still love you paul. After that first time you made love to me, i feel like doing it with you again and again. i need you paul. I need you to make me feel like a woman again”She said as she stormed into his room.
Paul’s face lit up, He couldn’t wait to have a taste of the sweet thing once again. She wore a dress revealing a clear view of her fair elegant and inviting bossom. He stood up, went close and gave her a warm embrace. Sonia wrapped her lips over his and they drank in the pleasure of blissful kisses. Paul took his time romancing and caressing every part of her as she moaned softly and excited him the more.
She knew she had to do this inorder for her plans to be successful because if Paul should by any means find out why she came, he might end up being the one killing her.
After a hard kissing and romancing for what seemed like an eternity, paul took her off the ground like a baby and off to the bed he ran without knowing he was just a few minutes away from death.
As he lay Sonia on the bed, she drew his head closer and kissed him one more time before throwing him down on the bed and sat atop him, caressing him magically.
“oh you are an angel baby, continue”Paul sang as he closed his eyes in pleasure. Sonia saw this as the perfect opportunity to attack.
With one hand, she slid into her left shoe and brought out a very sharp little knife wrapped in a soundless paper.
“I am going to give it to you like you never had before, just close your eyes”Sonia said and wrapped her mouth over his, in a gentle kiss inorder to prevent him from saying anything or even opening his eyes.
Slowly, she drew the hand with the knife closer while her heartbeat increased tremendously.
Without wasting anytime,she stabbed him severally on the chest. She watched him with great panic as he lay down there,motionless, as blood oozed from the severally stabbed spots.
She glanced around Immediately, she fled
“Did anybody see me?”that was the question that kept hovering over her.
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.
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 cry. Sometimes, she smile 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.
“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.