For the remaining part of the day,my mind kept wandering to
different places. I kept asking myself why Lucious chose me
out of all the cleaners at the restaurant. A part of me didn’t
want to accept his offer while the other part kept reminding
me how much Valerie and I needed the money. I hoped this
job had nothing to do with my body. I wasn’t so poor to sell
my body off to some rich old pot bellied men. I had to tread
carefully. I knew I attracted a lot of attention to myself
having the face of a teenager but the body of a fully grown
woman. Most girls would kill to have my type of body with
the perfect curves and edges but I wished I could just sell it
off and settle for an “I” figure.
For days,I didn’t see Lucious again and I didn’t bother to call
him,not that I had a phone anyway. I couldn’t afford to
waste my hard earned precious money on a phone call in a
public booth. When I finally thought he was never going to
come back,he appeared . While I was walking home after
work on one of those tiring days,I noticed a car following
me. I shrugged it off at first but when the car bent every
corner I bent,I took to my heels. I ran as fast as my legs
could carry me. The street was a lonely street. As I kept
running,another car blocked my path ahead. I stood still
wondering if my miserable life was going to end like that.
Not less than five guys came out from both cars,surrounding
me with stiff faces. I knelt down and started begging them
in English and my native dialect.
“I didn’t ask you to scare her like this you fools” A man
thundered and they retreated. I raised my head to see
Lucious. Apparenttly,he came in the third car that must have
driven to that spot while I was begging for my life.
He came to me and stretched forth his hand to lift me from
my kneeling position. I pushed his hand away,standing on
my own. I picked my bag which had fallen from my hand.
“If this is how you treat people you want to help,I’d rather
die in hunger than accept your darn help.”
“Wait Tasha. These fools definitely didn’t hear my
instructions well. I asked them to bring you to me.”
“Yeah right or youasked them to abduct me? If you’re saying
the bloody truth why did you send two cars and why did you
“Tasha,calm down. You aren’t a Rottweiler,are you?” He
chuckled and all I wanted was to throw a tooth-cracking
punch his way.
“We’ll soon know if I’m a Rottweiler or not.” I hissed loudly.
“Sorry tigress. Would you mind if I take you for dinner?”
“I would. Now,if you would please excuse me,I’d like to go
home this instant.”
“I guess I’ll see you tomorrow tigress.”
“And don’t you dare send your goons to follow me. If they
do,thunder will surely split their brains in half.” I walked
away briskly. Inside,I was shaking all the while. I only
managed to put on a tough appearance.
For the next couple of days, I kept seeing Lucious
everywhere around me. He had a boyish face that always
turned stone hard whenever he was angry with his boys. I
guessed he was no younger than thirty years old.He was
dark skinned and really handsome. He was of average
height,standing a few inches taller than me and
muscular,though not as muscular as his boys. I paid him no
attention whatsoever. I thought I would do just fine without
his help but I was wrong.
Valerie chose that time to fall seriously sick. I spent all my
savings on her medication but she wasn’t getting any better.
My pride did not allow me ask Lucious for help.
Somehow,he found out about it and he offered me his help
again. I had to accept it to save my sister from dying. He
moved her to a better hospital than the one she was in.
Slowly but surely,she regained her sound health again. I
suffered a great deal combining work with taking care of her.
Lucious sent someone to take care of her while I was at
work. I was a bit skeptical of the arrangement. The ladys
face was just as stony as that oof his body guards and I
feared she could kill my sister in my absence. I asked
Lucious to let me take care of her alone when I saw him at
the restaurant again.
“Lucious, I need a favour.”
“Name what you want Tash.”
“I want to take care of my sister alone please.”
“Don’t tell me Lucy’s face scared you.” He laughed. “Don’t
mind her. She just wasn’t taught how to smile while growing
“I don’t care,just let me take care of her alone please. She’s
all I have in this world.”
“Wrong,you have me too. If you want to take care of her,quit
“Are you thinking at all? Do you want us to starve to death? I
haven’t even started paying you back for the medical
expenses you took care of.”
“Tigress,tigress. You didn’t let me finish. You quit the job
and I’ll take care of both of you. I’ll start by moving you from
that place you call a house to a more comfortable place.
Don’t worry,I’ve got you covered.”
“Why?” I asked. He looked at me puzzled.
“Why are you helping me this way when you’ve never know
“I don’t know. You’re not the first I’m helping this way neither
would you be the last but I think of you as a very strong and
special type of girl. Let’s say I’m your guardian angel.”
“Thank you Lucious. You’re so kind.” Tears were streaming
down my face.
“Now,don’t cry Tasha. I’m not ready to get arrested for
making such a beautiful cry.”
I smiled. From that moment on,Lucious became the best
thing that ever happened to me. I trusted him more than I
trusted myself and I was ready to do just about anything in
appreciation to him.
My life changed so much in a matter of weeks. The servant
became the served. I got curious about Lucious source of
wealth and I confronted him about it. He told me he was
helping his grandfather manage his business and I didn’t
probe more. Lucious sponsored both Valerie’s and my
education. I got admission into the university to study
psychology. He made sure I had every resource I needed
throughout my education. When I finally graduated,it was
time for me to join Lucious business as he had promised. I
was very eager to start,I thought of it as my own way of
paying him back for all his kindness.