“I am hungry and tired I want food.”
“Wait for me and let me see what I can do.”
She went to Lion’ bowl and found it full to the brim with rice and meat sauce without thinking she took it and together with her sister they ate it all.
She saw them through the balcony and came down to punish them.
“Because Lion cannot talk that’s why you steal his food you’ll get punished.”
She gave them 20 strokes each on the buttocks and knelt them at the compound in the rain;
“You’ll sleep in the rain kneeling down with hands up, mouth open and eyes close all night I’ll be seated at the balcony and will see you when you disobey then I’ll increase your punishment. Your stupid father imposed you manner less girls onto me but I’ll get the hell out of you.”
“My father is not stupid he is the one who give you leisure and comfort.”
“You are rude and naughty girl I know you’ll defy me.”
“Our father gave you everything and you starve us that’s why we have to eat dog’s food who is better fed than us please God let me die.”
Mama T beat and insulted her and their dead moms.
“You’ll surely died before he comes and in hell you join your dead moms.”
“Don’t talk back at her she’ll just increase your punishment my dear sister we will not die before dad comes for us that’s what she and her daughter want we will defy them we shall live and wait for him.”
After the punishment she got sick and Steph Ken took care of her she cut some bitter leaves at the garden and pound it to get some juice for her sister and made her drank it then she did some tepid sponging.
“You’ll soon get well just take it easy with yourself.”
“Where did you learn about such treatment?”
Steph – Ken
“I learn it from Ruth Matty and the tepid sponging from a medical programme.”
Mama T and her daughter Mbachu
“Mom what are you going to do with these kids and dad’s decision about them? You have to evict them before he comes.”
“I cannot evict them as of now but when the time comes I’ll know what to do you better behave yourself you spoilt brat.” She chided her daughter.
They came to ask for their tuition fees;
“Mama T our tuition fees are due if we don’t pay we cannot take our final exams for promotion to the next stage.”
“How much are you talking about?”
“Thirty thousand for each of us totaling sixty thousand.”
“Where can I get that type of money? Am I going to sell the two of you?”
“But my dad is sending you money for our needs why are you complaining?”
“Who tell you your dad is sending me all what we need?”
“Because dad is very responsible and love us we never lack anything he use to send all our needs to my late mom.”
“I don’t know about that what I do know is I don’t have that kind of money but you have given me an idea; the two of you will start hawking to augment what dad have sent.”
Hawking in the Street
The girls were reduced to common street girls suffering taunts and harassment but they remained focus.
At one occasion
They became very tired and sat under a big tree relaxing;
“I am very hungry.” Singian said;
“Okay lets go on we will buy some mangoes along.”
A man approached them and asked when she heard Singian’ whining about Mama T’ ill treatment.
“I was around and heard everything is your step mom maltreating you and how do you want me to handle her? I was a street boy my mom abandoned me to fate because of hard circumstances I grew up in the streets and become a man in the streets.”
“Our step mother is a monster together with her daughter they make life hell for us.”
“Do you want me to kill your step mom? Just give me the go she has deliberately make you a street child like me when she is basking in your father’ wealth?”
“Thank you but we are not killers don’t harm our step mother.” She dragged Singian and said;
“Let get out of here.”
“Sister Mama T and Mbachu are witches step mom is very wicked to us she want us dead before dad comes for us and Mbachu hate us with a passion but God willing we shall survive. I also pity you who has never enjoy mother’s love first ill treatment from my late mom and now from Mama T and Mbachu.”
“I believe in goodness God shall see us through.”
The girls reminded Mama T of their tuition fees;
“Mama T our tuition fees are due.”
“You have to hawk more still the target is not reach.”
“But how can the target be reach? When can we make sixty thousand? It is not possible.”
“The only possible thing is to sell me.” She responded with sarcasm.
“Mom I want ice cream.”
“How much do you need?”
“D200 will be okay.”
“D500 is it okay.”
“Thank you very much it will be okay I can also buy chocolate, love you mom.”
She came paid Mama T a visit and saw the girls she asked;
“But Tina why are you still keeping these girls? What is your game plan?”
“Tracey! I have another plan which I am implementing they are now making extra money for me through hawking.”
“Hawking! That is below your status you don’t need the money Gaa is sending you enough which you are not spending on the girls.”
“Money can’t never be enough I am from a poor family who need assistance here and there from me.”
“You are old enough I hope you know what you are doing.”
“Definitely I know thank you but still my game plan has not changed to do away with the girls at the right time and escape with my daughter.”
To be Cont.