My legs shakes as I walked to the hotel.
The heels were oversize, Leba’s legs were bigger, she put shoe pads and tissues in the cover shoe so that it can fit but even at that I was still struggling with it.

My lips kept sticking together due to the plenty lip stick.
she said I needed to look very colorful and sharp and according to her she was also a makeup artist.


She took time to add lots of colors on my eye shadow, she hanged short eye lashes that was making it difficult for me to blink.
I wore one of the wig she gave me and it keep entering both my eyes and mouth.
It was sticking to my lipstick.

I wish she allowed me to go with my natural short virgin hair and real face.

The short black gown was too tight and exposed my thigh, it’s stretchy with spaghetti hand and show back.
I kept trying to pull it to my knees but after few seconds it will come up again.

She gave me small money to hold, it was about seven hundred naira
She also gave me an address, on how to find my way back home.

We both took the same taxi, she had another job that night at a different hotel.
After the taxi dropped me off at the said hotel that the man will be waiting, it drove her to hers.

She said I supposed to get a phone so she can keep communicating but in the absence of none I shouldn’t fall her hand because my client is a rich young man.

I swallowed hard as I was directed to his room after the hotel receptionist confirmed from him that he was expecting a guest.

As I got to the hotel door, I stood staring at it unable to knock.
My bøøbs was almost walking out of the dress.
Bréâst are meant to be inside the cloth, not outside the dress.

Leba had said I had to show off some cleåvage, showing small bréâst will attract the men even more.
She mentioned I got a full bréâst and that makes me a very lucky girl because so many ladies are looking for it.
She also mentioned that I got good shape, I have a nice hip and a big buttøcks for my age.
Leba said she usually use a push out for support, so that both her backside and bøøbs can look attractive
But I don’t need any support because I got mine natural, so I should flaunt it.

I took a deep breath, adjusted my legs in the big shoe, removed all the hair from the wig covering my face.
I pulled down the short black gown.
The cleavage showing wasn’t much like before again.

I noticed that one of the eye lashes kept trying to pull off.
I saw a mirror glass wall.
I quickly went to dress properly. I try to stick back the eye lashes but it refuses to stay still.
It kept trying to fall off
I removed it, throw into my small hand bag and left only one.

I was looking like a masquerade, i didn’t care as I walked straight to the door and knocked.

“Come inside..” I heard him say with a strong masculine voice.

Fear gripped me but Leba had told me that if I act well tonight, the guy will want my service next time and may even pay more.

“Good evening sir..” I greeted.
He was sitting on a chair close to the hotel bed, wearing a white short, a round neck white inner and also a white robe.

He was a young man with a shock dreadlocks.
The room was so fine and chill.

“You’re late, I håte to be kept waiting..” he looked up from his phone at me.

“I’m sorry sir..”

“Jeeez! What’s this? You look.. like an old wítch” he said chuckling aloud

My heart skipped, is that supposed to be a compliment or something bad.
I don’t know if I should apologies or say thank you.

I stood swallowing hard.

“I don’t like any of this, please take off the wig and the color on your face is way too much. Both on your cheek and eyes, the brown powder is definitely not your color, everything looks off and I feel uncomfortable already..”

“…Go into the bathroom and wash it all off if you are serious to work tonight. I can’t have you looking like Willy willy in the same room with me..”

I nodded quietly as I walked to the bathroom, wash off my face, take off my wig, clean the water with another white towel in the bathroom, before returning back to him.

“, This is bit better now. if other men likes you with many colors, well I don’t. None of the looks blended well. I’m ok seeing your face and to me you’re naturally black beauty…”

“, Thank you sir. so where should I start..”

“You tell me because I don’t know how you want to service me tonight. You know how you usually do your thing, get it started because I can no longer wait..”

I hesitated.
He raised an eyebrow, wondering why I was still standing.
I froze inside, I became seriously afraid.

“ can start by taking off your clothes let me see what you got under those ugly looking gown…”

I stood without moving or doing any of what he said.
“.. come over here. Why are you afraid. Do I look more scary than other men that you’ve been with?

I didn’t reply.

“… how many men have you been with?

I didn’t reply immediately
“I can’t do this..” I whispered to myself.

“…I want to go home please..”

“You can’t go home, you’re here now and I like you already..”

He pulled me to himself, he grabbed my buttøcks.
“They’re soft and real. You’re softie and cuddly. I was mad when I set eyes on you initially but not anymore. You’re exactly what I need tonight and I will pay more if you behave well and do everything I ask of you…”
He kiss my lips and it felt cold and disgùsting.
“I’m sorry, I haven’t done any of this before..” I said while moving away from him

“You haven’t done any of what? You’ve not rendered service to a man without your coat of many colorful face or you’ve not slept with a man like me?

“…I understand is not everyday you get to meet a handsome, speacial, gentle man like me. Don’t be scâréd, I will treat you way better than other men. A little alcøholíc wine with a touch of sensational music will will do the magic..”

He turned on the music from his phone, poured drink into a cup and offered me but I refused.
he try kíssing me again but I turned away.
“What’s your name? He finally asked

“My name is Aka and I don’t want to do this please. I thought it will be easy but I can’t. This is my first night at work and I really don’t know it will be this difficult. God must be so måd at me for agreeing to do this in the first place. Is just that I feel so helpless and didn’t have much choice…”
I blinked back tëars, swallowed hard
“… I’m really sorry sir. Please don’t force yourself on me..”

“Woah..hold it there, I never force myself on any woman. I still can’t believe that you are new to this line of job. It actually suite you because you got the look and body. I like your sincerity and I won’t hûrt you Aka..”
.. where do you live?

I told him and he nodded with a defeated sigh.

he was initially on a robe, he started changing over to real cloths.

I turned to the wall and waited for him to be done.
“I will go and drop you safely at your place…”

Leba warned me not to discuss anything personal with the man not even my name or where I live.
She said I should tell him that my name is Angel or Tessy if he happens to ask.

But I have to come clean because this is not what I want for my life and the man is nice to me

Mama Zaram will be disappointed if she hears this
Even though I don’t owe anything to anyone, I’m answerable to God and do not want anything that will bridge our relationship.

“Let’s go, don’t forget your wig on the floor..” he pointed at it.
I picked it up, held it in my hand and left.

He led me outside to his car.
He drives s big and fine car, I sat beside him as he drove on in silent until we got close to my street.

He parked as we got close to the street because the main Street was very rough, filled with potholes.

“, I’m Tobe, I work at klint, where car parts are produced. We fix cars of all sort. I’m one of the top engineers there…”

I nodded quietly

“..When can I see you again, I will like to take you out, not to a hotel, anywhere you feel comfortable and safe. Can I call you..?

“I don’t have a phone..”

“So, how do I reach you…?
“…You know what, I will give you money to get a small phone. Call me immediately you do that..”

He gave me his business card, counted twenty thousand and hand over to me.
He counted another fifteen and gave me.
“That’s for your service tonight, I know we didn’t do anything but I understand is your first night. I still have to pay you anyway, beside i like you and want to see you again..”
“… please use the money for yourself and for the phone and call me immediately you get the phone…”

He bent over and pecked my cheek before saying I’m free to go.

I thanked him all over before stepping out of the car.

He didn’t drive away immediately, he horned and asked me to wait.

I did, he came down, lócked his car and followed me.

“I just want to make sure you’re safe. I will walk you to your place.

He held my hand and walked me down.

As we got close to the house, I pointed at the place.
“You live in this neighborhood? this reminds me of my humble begining with my parents. I really Thank God for grace..”
He kissed my forehead and remind me to call him.
I walked into the house after waving at him.

Uche and Ify were inside, I knocked severally before they opened.

I went straight to sleep, wrapping myself with wrapper.
I shed some happy tëars for tonight miracle.
Tobe could have taken advantage of me, do whatever he wants with me but instead he turned into an angel.

I don’t know how God did it but after saving me tonight, there’s no way I’m going back to tag along with Leba.

Leba does need to know anything, I will rather ask her how much is her percentage of fifteen thousand.

I was Lucky tonight, I may not be lucky next time.

I will wait for the maid job that the arrogant stranger offered me but only said it will be effective when he returns from United States.

I touched the Money again and heaved peacefully.
“Thank you Tobe, this will go a long way..” I said quietly to no one.

I slept off and when I woke up, my hand bag which I used as pillow because of the money in it was separated from me.

It was at a distance, someone must have kept it there.
There was no one in the room
Uche and Ify were out.

There will be serious wár in this compound if I don’t get back my money.

My heart skipped as I rushed to the hand bag..


Episode 21

“..I took the money..” she said with a bit of remorse.

“Why will you do that Ify? You know that I’m not working and don’t have anyone to give me anything..”

“I only collected ten thousand Aka, I left the rest of the money for you. When I counted the whole money is about thirty seven thousand seven hundred that’s in there. You still have enough, twenty five thousand should be able to sort you..”

I scoffed at the audacity in her tone.

“Ify you don’t have any right to steal my money while I was asleep. I was too tired last night and used my bag as pillow, you had the mind to pull it off and had the effrontery to tell me that it’s only ten thousand.. Do you know how I got the money? What if is somebody’s money.. Ify..?

“I didn’t steal your money Aka, I took it and didn’t deny taking it. I know how you got it, I’m just surprised at the huge amount for one night of selling your body. I don’t need a suit Sayer to tell me that you are now into prøstïtütīon business. I saw the way you walked in tired, I saw the kind of cloth you wore and the wig too. I saw it all Aka and I’m surprised that you realize so much money just in one night job, well except if you stole your client money..”

“Point of correction, I’m not into prøstïtütīon and didn’t sell my body to any man. I could have done that because I was in desperate need but God came through for me by using the first person I went to meet to help me. It was plainly a høokup Job, I was hooked to the guy by a close ally whom I suppose to give some of the money you took. Prøstïtütīon is when you have to go marketing your body, standing by a busy street or calling out to guys to check you out. I never did any of that and God will not allow my misery to come down to such..”

“Aka, I don’t really care how you got the money. is your body and you are free to use it as you please. My only concern is that I noticed that you’re stingy, you secretly spend your money and will hardly drop a dime for upkeep of the house. You know you’re living rent free in my boyfriend’s house? We don’t collect rent from you yet when you have money, you will never contribute to anything except yourself…”

“That’s not true, I fetch water for you, Uche and I everyweek with my money. Is only when I was running out of cash, I began to fetch a little for myself. You’ve collected money twice from me to fill gas and I have also fill atleast one kg about twice. I came with so many things from the village, you and Uche gave some of it out without my knowledge and Whenever I cook, I make sure you’re and Uche eats out of it. But sometimes, the food will not even reach me twice. There’s a time I cooked rice and beans and went for job hunt, by the time I return, Uche and Leba ate all the food, I was very angry but I couldn’t do anything. I make sure I contribute my quota Ify. If you want me to start paying rent, you should’ve said so initially…”

“I’m not saying you should start paying rent, I’m only suggesting that you stop being self centered because you’re not the only one in need of money. I needed the ten thousand because I don’t have anything on me. Maybe I should’ve told you first but you will never give me anything, highest maybe one thousand naira and that’s all. If not that Uche and i are nice people, with your high level of stinginess, we would have kicked you out into the street but we didn’t. Start doing the right thing, when you keep hiding to spend your money, you aren’t wise but very føôlish. That must be the reason that your father in the village líed that he was sick just to collect more than thirteen thousand from you. That’s the best way to treat stíngy people like you…’

I walked away from her, it was unnecessary throwing words back and forth.
I felt really bad that she will say such.

I never even knew that my father was lying to be sick and I collected thirteen thousand.
I was trying to do the exact thing he failed to do as a father, by saving money for my school registration.
But each time I save, one family issue or the other will come up and I will end up spending it all and that was the reason I never went back to school

Ify said I’m selfish because I didn’t bring out all the money I have for them to spend it all.
Who will feed me or take care of my petty expenses because she and her boyfriend will never give me a second look even if I’m dying of hunger.

We all ate everything I came from the village with and i contribute when necessary yet Ify said I wasn’t doing enough.
Despite I’m not working, she didn’t consider that.
She’s reminding me of not paying rent.
That’s very insensitive of her, I’m not surprise.

When Leba came back she called me into her room for update.

I told her that the guy gave me fifteen thousand.
Leba said I will give her five thousand and take ten.
She was impressed.
She asked me to gist her on how I performed, I didn’t perform anything but instead of talking I only smile

She began to laugh saying I was shy of gisting her

Leba asked to know if he needs my service again or I want a different hoøk up.
I told her I’m not doing again.

She asked to know why, I had to explain to her what happened.

Leba didn’t believe me

“You didn’t do anything and he gave you a whole fifteen thousand? Please reduce the level of your lying Aka. I’m into this game before you and I know how it goes. I only get seven thousand from last night job, it wasn’t much but very normal. sometimes I get like ten, twelve and on a rare occasion fifteen and twenty. If it’s a full booking, like two nights straight I will be coming home with twenty or twenty five thousand and if he’s stinking rich, I will get more than that. I’m gathering my money to rent a mini flat. I have even contacted an agent to start searching for house and the total amount is three hundred thousand, in a nice area. I have set aside money for furnishing. Is from this same høokup money I sent to my people. I got responsibility, is not like I have a choice or enjoying the hoøkup job but which company will pay me more than hundred thousand in a month with my school cert? I don’t even have the patient to work for anyone. I hustle legit and I’m paying my bills effortlessly…”

“… you don’t need to lie because like I already told you, I know this game more than you do and I’m yet to meet that angel that will not touch me but still pay me. Just give me five thousand my darling and keep the rest. Anytime you need a høokup Job, just let me know. I did a fine make-up for you, that must be the reason the guy couldn’t get enough of you..”

I laughed and told her that the guy said the make up was terrible
Leba was laughing so hard
She said he was only teasing me.

I returned her cloth, shoes and other items with the five thousand that she asked me to give her

Three days later, Leba called me and said I was a liâr, she said Ify told her that I collected More than thirty five thousand that night.
I explained to her how the guy wanted me to get a phone but Ify collect ten thousand from the money.

Leba said is all good, maybe the guy wanted to keep booking me, she said I should try and get a phone quick so that I can call him.

She didn’t make any trøuble with me and that was how it ended.

I bought a small phone and a sim card.
The first person I called was mama Zaram.


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