I knocked Mrs Williams’ gate and a man, which obviously was the security man, opened.
‘’Good evening Sir’’ I greeted with a little bow. ‘’Evening my son’’ He responded. ‘’Madam asked me to come’’, I quickly explained myself. ‘’Ok, wait here. I’ll be right back’’ He said and shut the gate.
Few minutes later he was back.
‘’oya come’’ he instructed and led me In.
The second I got in the Air-conditioned nearly blew me off my feet. The parlour was massive with large paintings on the wall. There was a picture of Mrs Williams, a man, which I assumed was Chief Williams, and their children (two females and a male). One of the ladies in the picture looked familiar. I could swear I’ve seen that face before. Wait a minute! It was Princess. I could not believe my eyes. I wouldn’t need Chinenye to get to her after all. I thought.
‘’That’s my family picture’’ a voice whispered from behind. I turned around and it was Mrs. Williams.
‘’I thought as much. Good evening Ma.’’
I greeted with a little bow. ‘’Evening my dear’’, she responded. ‘’That’s me, my husband……your boss’’ she narrated pointing at the picture frame and smiled after the last word. I nodded and smiled too.
She continued, ‘’right here is our son, Kola. Here Is Tola and the princess of the house, Bola.
‘’Wow! It’s not just the house that’s beautiful, the people living in it are as well’’
‘’Thank you, dear’’
‘’Please have your seat’’. She offered and sat on one the sofas. I gladly accepted the offer and sat on the opposite one. She called out a name and a lady came to the parlour.
Looking at my direction Mrs Williams said ‘’She’s here to get you whatever you want’’. Whatever? I’ve never been that lucky.
‘’water will do’’ I ordered. The lady left to get the water.
‘’How is mummy? I asked referring to her mum—–Princess’ Grandma. ‘Mummy is fine. She went out with Princess. They should be back very soon’’
The lady brought Eva table water with a glass cup in a tray. She placed it on a table. Just in front of me.
‘’Thank you’’ I said to her. ‘’you can go back to your room. I will call you if I need you’’. ‘‘Okay, ma’’ she responded to Mrs. Williams and left the parlour.
‘So Galacious, since when have you been working at the factory?’’
‘’After my WAEC, ma. Trying to gather some funds to ease the bill off my mum when I get admitted.’’
‘’That’s so thoughtful of you. How much do you think you can gather from your earnings at the steel company, and how long will it take to gather enough for your years In school?’’
A car horned and we could hear the sound of gate opening.
‘’Actually ma, I don’t really know how much that will be enough through my years in school, but I believe what I will gather within these few months at the factory should suffice for my first semester….covering the school fees, accommodation and feeding. I can also work at the end of each semester.’’ I answered.
”Nice! You have really planned it all out. Well, do you know why am asking these questions?”
‘’Not really ma’’
‘’Hello everyone!’’ Grandma greeted cheerfully, standing at the door way. ‘’Hello mummy’’ ’’You’re welcome ma’’,
myself and Mrs Williams responded simultaneously.
‘’Where is my …..’’ Mrs Williams was about to ask a question but couldn’t complete the sentence before she was interrupted.
‘’Right here mum’’, Princess walked into the room, sat on the cushion beside her
mum and side hugged her. ‘How was it?’’
Mrs. Williams asked her daughter. ‘’ superb
mum’’ she responded
cheerfully.’’ ‘’Good. You will gist me later when I’m through with my guest’’.
Princess nodded and stood to her
feet. ‘‘Hello’’ Princess waved at me as
she made her way out of parlour. ‘‘Hi,’’
I responded with a smile. ‘’Galacious, this is my daughter Princess you saw in the
picture.’’ Mrs. Williams Introduced. I nodded.
Grandma and Princess left us.
Mrs Williams explained how she was willing to support me through my school. She advised me to stop the factory work and also request to meet my mom for further discussions. I agreed. Who wouldn’t?
It wasn’t the academic discussion that was on my mind that moment, I could not just get Mrs Williams’ daughter out of my head. Did Princess even recognize me? I asked myself.
Her mom must have noticed I was lost in thought when she asked ‘’Galacious, are you still here?’’ while I was sitting opposite her. ‘Yes ma.’’
‘’Call me tomorrow. Let me know what she thinks.’’ ‘’Thank you, ma.’’
‘’Okay dear. Good night’’ Mrs Williams ended the discussion and headed for the stairs.
I was about to turn and take my leave when I heard Grandma’s voice. ‘My son, I heard you’re leaving without eating?’ ‘I’m sorry ma, maybe next time. I’m running late’’
‘’Okay, dear. Please extend my greetings to your mum.’’ ‘‘I will ma.’’
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