Queen and Asha took hours to dress and make up their face. They had a dinner at Sheraton Hotel to attend with their sugar daddies and they knew that it was an opportunity for them to attract other richer men.
Queen: “Babe how far with my eye brow” she asked Asha who was busy applying her face primer.
Asha: “It is nice, just use your concealer to sharpen it a little” she replied.
Mercy was in a corner of the room studying; she had trained up herself to study irrespective of the distractions by the girls. She would have loved to go to school to study in the evenings but she couldn’t afford the transportation fare.
Asha: “Mercy, abeg where that my black Marks and Spencer bra?”
Mercy: “I washed it yesterday, it is not dry yet” she replied not looking up from the hand out she was reading.
Asha: “ooooh, why did you choose to wash it today now? Didn’t you know that I would need it this evening?”
Mercy: “I saw it in the laundry basket so I assumed that it was dirty” ever since she started living with the girls, she would wash their undies because the girls were too lazy to wash it themselves after giving out their clothes to the laundry man down their street.
Queen: “Mercy sha, won’t you ask before you wash something? Na so to dey wash dey sweet you? Shuu”
Mercy: “I would have asked but you girls didn’t sleep at home yesterday, I had to wash it early this morning so that it would get dried before you come back. I didn’t know that today was going to be a rainy day” she explained.
Asha: “Okay o, madam explanation. Abeg help me look for another bra among my things make I wear”
Mercy got up reluctantly. She knew that the only time she could have time for herself was when the girls had gone out.
Queen: “And me too o, help me check that my big box, under it I have a pack of new pants there. Help me bring out the black j-string in it” she said moving to pick her phone from where she was charging it.
Asha: “Babe, you wan wear pant under the Kim Kardashian dress?”
Queen: “Yes or what do you think?”
asha: “I think you should not wear any pant. I won’t wear any too. You know how sexy it is when you wear a tight dress without panties under it. Besides, who knows, you may hit a jack pot and panties can slow down quickie process” she said in a code language that they thought Mercy would not understand.
Queen: “That is true o. Ah, this girl your head dey there. You are so smart, I don’t know why you don’t know book sha” she teased.
Asha: “See who is talking? You too do you know book? All of us are odes when it comes to book. The only thing we know how to do is handle men. You know now”
The two girls smiled.
Asha: “maybe we should take Mercy along with us to the dinner. What do you think?”
Queen: “I think it is a nice idea but you know her now, she would prefer to sit at home or sleep”
Asha: “Mercy, we are going out with you today o” she said to the girl who was busy searching for what they had asked her to get for them.
Asha: “I said we are going out with you today. In fact, let me come and look for a dress for you. Shey you know that you are a very fine girl? You are just here wasting your ukwu and boobs, allow us to package you and make you up and you will be surprised at the image you will see in the mirror”
Mercy: “Sorry o but I am not interested” she said and resumed her chat.
Queen: “What exactly is it that you are not interested in? Is it a sin for you to follow me out? Remember that I am your cousin o”
Mercy: “I cannot go out o, I want to stay back and read. I have a course to write on Monday”
Asha: “That is no excuse. We are also writing the same course at the same time with you so what are you saying?”
Mercy: “okay, I know that you are attending the parties with men after which you will go to their various hotel rooms with them. I don’t want that”
Queen: “so what is wrong with that?”
Mercy: “Everything is wrong with it. As a single lady, you are not supposed to indulge in any act of fornication. Do you know that some of these men are married? Now think of the agonies that your going out with them will cause their wives. Will you be happy if you get married and another woman keeps your husband away from you all night? What goes around comes around” she said.
Asha: “There she goes. Preach on, virgin Mary. Queen, I give up on this your cousin. Her matter tire me. I have never seen where a girl is this dumb in this our generation. The most painful thing is that she is beautiful, see enough front and back”
Queen: “don’t mind the silly thing. She doesn’t know that this is the right time for us to enjoy ourselves. If we don’t enjoy men now, is it when we get married that we will enjoy? So at this age you still think that going out with married men will make your own husband to cheat on you when you are married, don’t you know it is in men’s DNA to cheat on their wives? My sister, receive sense” she threw at Mercy.
After they had finished dressing, they stood up to leave.
Mercy: “Ah-ah, are you people going out like this?” she asked with awe in her eyes.
“Yes, don’t we look good?” the two friends chorused simultaneously and looked at each other.
Mercy: “no now, this dress is too revealing. I can see your inner wears and your thighs and boobs are exposed. Haba, now”
Queen: “Mercy, mind yourself o. It’s like you are pushing me to the wall just to see my reaction right? You won’t like it o, I am warning you, toh”
Mercy: “I am sorry. It’s just that my conscience will not let me be if I don’t say the truth.
Queen: “Sorry for yourself o, anyway, make sure you lock the door before you sleep. We are not coming back this night”
Asha: “Queen abeg let us go, we are already running late. This your cousin can so spoil somebody’s mood. If not for the house maid chores that she is doing for us, we would have thrown her out this minute. Mumu girl”
Queen: “No vex na, after all she has apologized. Your blood too dey hot, any how it is, she is my cousin and I have no choice than to tolerate her excesses”
Mercy: “Queen, erm…er…” she said twitching her fingers.
Queen: “Talk jor! What is it? We are already running late”
Mercy: “I wanted to say that gas has finished and there is no cooked food in the house. Since you won’t come back today…”
Queen: “Okay, I get the gist, no need for too much English. Check that my red Chanel bag, there is N10, 000 there. Use it to refill the gas and make stew for yourself” she interrupted her.
Mercy: “Thanks a lot” she said. That was one thing that Mercy loved about her cousin, she would always make sure there was food in the house even though she hardly ate at home.
As soon as they got into Queen’s car, Asha tapped her.
Asha: “I know how we can get your cousin to start following us out and do what we do” she said excitedly.
Queen: “Mercy, follow us out and do what we do? Just forget it, that one is mission impossible” she said putting on the ignition.
Asha: “All we need do is starve her. By the time she stays hungry for days, she will have no option than to join us. Did you see the look in her eyes when she told you about the gas? I saw fear and uncertainty in her eyes, a sign that she is at your mercy considering the fact that her parents do not have money to send to her. Come to think of it, is she wiser than us? We will go out, sleep with men and then feed, clothe and accommodate her with the money we make from men. Monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”
Queen: “Hmmn, you kind of have a point there” she said shaking her head.
Question: The dust is rising…do you think Asha is a good friend? Who can guess what will happen at the dinner?
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