Me: ok let me see, i checked the printer, discovered the fault and fixed it. Tested it and it was working.
Ashley: omg!!! Nate!! Thank you!! She said hugging me.
Me: hahaha you dont look pretty at all when you are sad.
Ashley: hahaha customers will soon be coming go get ready.
Me: yes ma’am, i said smiling, by now i was becoming familiar with the faces of some customer. Like the cute black american girl, who comes for shopping 2 to 3times every week. And whenever shes around, its always nate get this, nate get that for me. Like she doesnt have hands, although she seemed like a rich kid. Well i was never pissed cos it was my job. I got to know a man in his forties with stern looking face and a few wrinkles on his face. But smiles whenever i help him to the car. Today was like every other day he came around. And i got his usuall diabetic food for him.
Man: hahaha such a smart boy.
Me: am just doing my job sir.
Man: impressive, you look smart too how about you come work for me.
Me: smiling as long as the pay is good.
Man: hahaah i like that, money is the only language i speak.
Me: and its the only language i understand.
Man: smiling# ok thats my card call me when you’ve made your decison about my offer.
Me: alright sir, do have a wonderful day. I walked in smiling.
Girl: natee!!! I need a hand over here.
Me: alright ma’am i rushed over, helped her out, soon it was time to go. I went over to were ashley was, that was when it dawned on me have always left her behind, when is her closing time i wondered.
Me: its time to go i said smiling.
Ashley: alright byeee
Me: ashley when is your closing time??
Ashley: smiling# uhmmm after putting all accounts together, transfers, confirming pay checks etc. Then i’d go home
Me: you do all that?? Shocked#
Ashley: smiling# am not complaining ok.
Me: am so ashamed of myself have known you for a while but i really now nothing about you not even your last name.
Ashley: that because theres nothing to tell.
Me: why are you working so hard??
Ashley: smiling# i think you should just go home.
Me: am serious ashley i wanna know i said in a soft voice.
Ashley: her face tighten like she wanted to cry. Am working ok, i dont need distraction.
Me: i just stared at her, and noticed for the first time desspite those beautiful smiles and attractive feminine mannerisms she put on she still looked worn out.
Ashley: you aint gonna give up are you?
Me: not until you tell me.
Ashley: its kinda of complicated
Me: try me
Ashley: its for my kid bro, his just 12, his all have got after my parents died, currently his in coma. I need money for him to live! She said strongly fghting back her tears.
Me: i saw pains words couldnt express in her eyes, i pulled her close placing her head on my shoulder, and rubbed my hands slowly on her right arm. Its alright, Its all gonna be fine. Just when i finished my statement, it seemed like she was giving the licence to actually cry. Her cry increased as she hid her face on my chest.
Ashley: am really tired nate i really am she said amidst sobs.
Me: i felt bad for her, but i felt even more bad because there was nothing i could do for her.
Soon she wipe her tears and was back to her old self.
Ashley: why are you starring at me that way???
Ashley: you’d make me feel bad if you keep staring at me like that.
Me: smiling# you are one strong girl.
Ashley: smiling# am sorry you had to see me this way but i really wanted to do this.
Me: no its fine, you can always call me when you feel like doing it again.
Ashley: ok have got works to do.
Me: uhmm not today ok? I said taking over her sit. Rested her head on my shoulders.
Me: take a break am gonna do it.
Ashley: no its…..
Me: you cant change my mind ok, so save you strenght, say nothing just rest here.
To Be Continued