“Miss Susan!” Lola called as she and her friend Tessy, ran to catch up with me.
It was closing and I was heading home. Lola and her friends always walked with me. I waited for them and soon we were all walking together.
“How was your day girls?” I asked with a broad smile.
“It’s was fine ma!” They replied in unison.
“Miss Susan”, Lola began.
“Last week, a man came to look for Mummy. He said he was an old friend. So I went to inform Mummy that one Mr Kunle was looking for her. Mummy asked me if I had told her she was in, and I said no. I told her I told the man at the door I’ll be back.
She told me to go and tell him that she wasn’t home. I was shocked. Mummy always taught me never to tell lies. Infact, she punished me whenever she caught me lying to her. Besides, as a Christian, my concience did not agree with what she was asking me to do.
‘Go and tell him I’m not home and stop giving me that face!’ She yelled at me.
So I went and did what she asked me to do”.
“Why!” I asked Lola.
“I’m sorry ma! I just had to do it and avoid trouble. I didn’t know why I was so scared of doing the right thing. I’m such a failure”, she said almost crying.
I placed my arm around her and pulled her to my side.
“It’s okay darling. Have you asked God to forgive you?”
“Then stop feeling guilty. Sometimes, we fail God. But that doesn’t make God hate us. You need to make up your mind and do better next time, okay!”
She nods in affirmation.
I was still talking when Mr George drove and caught up with us.
What does he want? It was already late to start a conversation. Besides, there were kids around.
“Hello Miss Susan! Hi kids!” He waved.
“Hello Mr George!” We said in unison.
Without shame, he went straight to the point.
“Miss Susan, get into the car and join me for a ride!” He said grinning.
“Thank you so much for the kind gesture, but I’ll prefer to walk home with my friends over here”, I replied politely.
I saw a frown on his face. Who cares? Did I ask for a ride?
“Why? What’s wrong?” He asked.
“Was this guy deaf? I just told him the reason why. Nobody should get me angry oh!” I said inwardly.
“Sir! I said I’m with friends, I can’t leave them for a ride”.
I hoped he heard me, if at all he’s not deaf. Please start going what’s your problem. At least come for me when nobody is around.
“That’s ridiculous! Can’t you wave your friends goodbye and hop in?” He asked staring at me with those dark eyes.
“Na by force? Oga, carry this your motor commot from my front!” I screamed within me.
“Sir! As you said! It’s a ride. Just a ride and I beg to differ!” I said struggling to be calm.
I was already boiling inside me. This guy was getting on my nerves.
Perhaps he would drive me to an hotel and have his way. Hmmmm, he’s messing with the wrong slay Queen.
“Your plea is not granted young lady! Hop in!” He said authoritatively.
What is wrong with this man? Leave me alone na. I go shout oh!
“SUSAN, BE CALM!” I heard the inner voice whisper.
I remained silent and immediately an idea came to me.
“Sir, since you are so eager to give me a ride, why not give my friends and I a ride home? We live in the same neighbourhood. It would be fun riding home together”, I said smiling.
“No! It’s you I want!” He said bluntly and I was taken aback by his request.
This guy is something else. I was speechless immediately.
“Miss Susan!” I felt a tap on my shoulder.
I turned to see who it was and found it was Tessy, Lola’s friend.
“What is it?”
“Please go with him. He’ll fire you if you don’t”, she said with pleading eyes.
I understood the girls knew what was going on. It wasn’t just a ride.
They knew what happens when Mr George asked a staff to hop in. So even if nothing happens, the fact that I joined him in the car was enough to make everyone that saw me conclude I was a slut.
That meant getting into the car was a no no.
“It’s alright girls. Don’t you worry about me. I’ll be fine”.
I turned to Mr George.
“Mr George! I don’t understand what sort of ride this is, but I have rights as a human being to refuse your generous offer. So please get your car out of my sight!” I said and walked away, pulling Lola and Tessy along with me.
We had not walked too long when Mr George caught up with us.
“Did you just told me to get out of your sight?” He called out to me.
My heart skipped. My anger had given me away. I had used the wrong words. But surprisingly, I turned to him and said.
“Let’s do this more privately! There are too many people around!” I grinned.
He studied me for a while and nodded his head. I guess he assumed, I was not happy he was approaching me in public. Maybe he was thinking I would be more coporating when approached secretly. He’d better stop thinking in that direction.
“We’ll see tomorrow”, He said with a smile and zoomed off.
I was relieved. Finally, he was gone. So much for one day. But tomorrow is not going to be a child’s play. He was seriously ready to defile me and he meant it.
“Wow!” I heard Lola’s exclamation.
“I can’t believe you just did that”, she said.
“Did what?” I asked, curious to know what she was referring to.
“You turned him down”, she said.
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
“Everyone knows who Mr George is. We know what he does with women. He does evil things to them, oppressing them with his position”.
“That’s okay Lola!” I said not wishing for her to go further.
“That was great!” I heard Sophia’s voice from behind us. We all turned and looked at her.
“Get ready! You just stepped on the lion’s tail. Tender your resignation or lose your purity!” She said and walked past us.
It made me realise I was being watched.
Thank God I didn’t budge. It would have destroyed my reputation in the school.
I smiled and turned to the girls.
“Let’s go, shall we!”
When I got home, I sat down on my bed and sighed deeply.
“Lord! I won’t border about the resignation letter. Once I say no, I’ll get fired.
Thank you for opening my eyes to the truth. Lord I definitely know I would face him tomorrow. Grant me the wisdom and strength I need to make you proud.
Lord so many ladies came here and disappointed you. I don’t know why you chosed me? Somehow, I feel you picked the wrong person. I am not worthy for this task. I’ve failed you several times, yet you chose me.
I pray you give me the strength to say no. I pray you’ll take away fear from me. I pray you’ll help me share your word with him. And if I get fired, glory be to God!”
To be continued…
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