Mady sent for me later in the evening.Ona led me to see her, leading me directly to Mady’s room. A well furnished spacious room adorned with beautiful red curtains and a goldstar colour TV. I couldn’t help but feast my eyes on the beautiful things surrounding me.
Mady was comfortably sitting on her bed when we got there. A newspaper resting on her laps, making her look like a female military administrator. She smiled as soon as she noticed our presence and nodded to Ona.
“thanks for bringing her, you can now leave us” she said calmly to Ona, who quickly obeyed and left the room.
“come sit here my dear” she said to me, pointing to a small chair facing her bed. I nervously obeyed without a word.
“hope you are getting acquainted with your new home?” she asked curiously, examining me with her eyes.
“oh yes, thanks alot, you are so kind” i replied gratefully.
“Ona did a good job with your hair. I like your new look” she said smiling, while i blushed.
“anyway i invited you here for something important. I really can’t wait till tomorrow because you know time is money, moreover i will like you to sleep over what i have to tell you” she said slowly, keenly observing my reaction.
I nodded calmly, my heart beating furiously. I couldn’t imagine what could be so serious for her to invite me by that hour. 10:30pm the wall clock in her room displayed.
“i invited you here because of your daughter Winnie. I will very much love to adopt her. She’s very cute and i promise she will have the best life can offer. I will give you N200,000 ” she said.
A cold shiver ran through me. That was a huge amount, i reasoned. At least with that, i could start up something. But i beheld my daughter’s image and shook my head.
”I can’t accept it Ma, i want to be with my daughter” i replied.
“Go and think about it and talk to me tomorrow. Remember, you don’t need the child now. you don’t have anybody to take care of you. you have to move on with your life as a young girl that you are” she finally said and dismissed me.
“N200,000!?,” Ona exclaimed, you are lucky. the other time, she gave blessing N100,000 to have her child” I was suprised at what Ona said and i asked “where is the baby now?”
“nobody knows”she replied.
”and where is blessing now?” i asked
“Few days from now, you will start doing what she is doing. you have to survive. use what you have to get what you want” Her explanation baffled me.
“prostitution? God forbid. Over my dead body.” That night, i didn’t get enough sleep, i was looking at the time to know when it will be dawn, so that i will go to Mady and demand for my daughter and leave this place. I know God won’t
reject me if everybody does.
But do i think i would get back my daughter so easily?