Charlie was sitting at the edge of the sofa tying her shoelaces, when her mum came in and sat gently beside her. The room was so small, it has a mini sofa by the left corner of the room and some luggage packed at one side of the room. One can also see some picture frame hung on the wall.
She finished tying her shoelaces and stood up picking her bag. She wore a pink top and a deep blue pant trouser with black pairs of shoe. “Am off to work mum”she said smiling at her mother. She stood up from the sofa and gave her a side hug. “OK bye dear”she said smiling. Charlie picked her phone from the sofa and put it inside her bag. She looked at her mum and smiled before moving out of the room.
She got to the living room and saw Mrs David sitting with her daughter. The living room is wide and neat. There was a big flower vase on the center table and the huge plasma TV was showing a program which Mrs David eyes were glued on not noticing when charlie came in. “Good morning ma”she greeted her. Mrs David and her daughter Hanna both looked at Charlie’s direction. “Yes. Good morning dear”she responded with a friendly smile. “Going to work?”she asked looking at her. “Yes ma”she replied. “OK take care”she said. Hanna looked at her and diverted her eyes back to the tv without paying much attention to her. Charlie walked gentle for the door. She closed it behind her on getting to the compound. The compound was huge and beautified with flowers. The garage was loaded with different type of car model. Seeing the environment one could tell how wealthy Mr and Mrs David were. Charlie went out of the compound and walked down the lonely estate.
Few minutes later, she was at her part time job. She entered the store and went to her boss”good morning ma”she greeted smiling brightly. Her boss saw her and smiled”good morning dear. How was your night?”madam Linda greeted with a broad smile. “It was good ma. I slept really well yesterday night. In fact, I dreamed we made a big sale today”she said smiling. “I prayed that will come true”madam Linda said smiling. “Thank God you came early. I was preparing to leave for a friend’s place”she said standing up. “It’s OK ma. You can leave now”Charlie said. Madam Linda picked up her bag and prepare to go”alright dear. Will arrive soon OK”she said and left for the door. Charlie changed into her uniform and sat by the counter.
The store was big and loaded with provisions and food stuffs. Someone came in to buy something from the store. “Well…..”Charlie stopped on seeing Hanna in the store. She was putting on a pink mini skirt with a cream colored off shouldered top. She was holding her cellphone and her pink handbag in a stylish manner, one could also see her chewing gum like an expert.
She picks something from the the first row at the top and walks to the counter with it. Charlie changed her expression on seeing her. She dropped the item on the table in a rude manner looking straight at Charlie’s eyes”am buying this”she said making sounds with the gum. Charlie looked at the item and looked back at Hanna in amazement. “Hanna. I told you This is very bad for your health. I thought you would stop doing this bad act”she said looking at her. On hearing this, Hanna’s eye brow raised in anger “who the h*ll are you to tell me that? Oh I’ve forgotten. You’re the maid’s daughter.
See let me warn your, don’t invade in my personal life anymore because you have no right to. Or you want me to drive both you and your mother out of the house in a blink of an eyes.”Hanna yelled angrily. She’s too aggressive and spoilt. Because she’s the only daughter of her parents, that made her so rude and arrogant. On hearing all this charlie was not able to say anything again. She just looked at the pack if cigarette she dropped on the counter. “Am sorry Hanna. Please am so sorry for saying that”she apologized to her immediately. “Sorry my foot. Am not buying it here anymore, I will go to another place”she said and stormed off. Charlie took a deep breath of relief after she left. She collapsed on the chair holding the pack if cigarette. “I was only telling her the truth. But I think the truth is bitter its better to mind my business now, if I don’t want my mum and I in another problem again”she thought to herself sadly.
She was still thinking about what just happened, when someone came in again. She stood up and greeted the customer”you’re welcome”she said with a little bow. A young guy came in dressed in a brown stylish leather jacket and a blue trouser. He bought a few things and went to the counter to pay. He looked at Charlie and saw the cigarette she was holding in her hand. Their eyes met and he smiled to himself. “Wow”he exclaimed looking at Charlie. He dropped the stuffs on the counter looking at the pack of cigarette. Charlie now understand what he was thinking. She dropped the pack of cigarette somewhere and checked the items with a machine one after the other. Justin took a snack out of the items and he opened it. “It’s 200dollars “Charlie said smiling. “OK no problem”justin said dipping his hand in the back pocket for his wallet. He can’t find it then he check the second pocket but still the same. He then placed the snacks down on the counter and searched his jacket but still the same. He then remembered he didn’t pick it along with him. He forgot it on his bed before leaving. “Oh shit”he said hitting his fist on his right palm.
Charlie stared at him with an unknown expression.”any problem?”she asked looking at him. Justin then looked at her and was embarrassed to tell tell her he forgot his wallet at home. Charlie looked at him and laughed”you’re funny. How can you say that after buying all this? And this one also, who will pay for it?”she asked looking at him badly. “Calm down babe. Am very sorry. I will return all this items and for this one…”he stopped scratching his head. He doesn’t know how to pay for that because he was not with a penny. He looked at Charlie who was also staring at him to say how he will pay for it. He thought of an idea and quickly moved closer to her smiling”will you allow me to go home and get my wallet? I promise to come back and pay for everything”he said smiling. Charlie also smiled nodding her head. “I will go home now and get it. Trust me I will come back and pay for it. So let me take this snacks along with me am seriously starving.”he said picking up the remaining snacks. Charlie was nodding to every statement of his as he was talking. He turned to leave but Charlie dragged him back by his jacket. “I know this kind of trick so it won’t work on me. You bought all this when you know you can’t pay for it. You even took a snacks and opened it purposely thinking you can prank me and get away with it. But am telling you it’s a bad day for you today. You tried it on a wrong person. You have to pay or you won’t leave this place”Charlie said holding him. Justin looked at her in amazement and laughed out loud. “What do you take me for? Do you think I would pull a trick just because of a cheap snack? I think you’re mistaking. Am not that kind of a person.”he said looking at her. “Whatever”she said with a frown. “Ok, Let’s do it this way”he said taking off his Gucci wrist watch”you can have that till I come back here and pay. Nothing must happen to it before am back ok”he said and freed himself from her. He tried to move but Charlie held him by his hand. Justin stopped and looked at her hand on him. Charlie quickly released his hand and held his jacket. “I told you you’re not leaving or you pay the 50dollars chips you took.”she said looking straight into his eyes. Justin looked at her for a while and smiled again. “It’s like you don’t know how much that wrist watch cost. It’s 2000dollars Compared to something of 50 dollars.”he said looking at her. “That’s none of my business. I want my money in cash please or I’ll call the police”she said raising her head up to him. He was a bit taller than her in height. Justin checked his wristwatch and saw the time. “Oh my God. Please I need to go now am late already. I promise to pay you back please let me go or I’ll miss something important”he said in a calm voice. Charlie smiled looking at him. “It’s like you’re trying to give another excuse right? I told you to stop acting and pay for this. If you pay then I will let you go”she said looking at him. “Oh my God”he said wiping his face with his palm in frustration. “OK. I know what to do”he said reaching for his phone. He brought it out and dialed a number. “guy I need your help. Am stuck here at a store just because of 50 dollars. You have to come right now I have no time to spend here any longer. I’ll text you the address”he said to his friend on phone.
Few minutes later….
Justin was sitting on a chair opposite to Charlie. She was sitting down crossing her legs together. Justin was glancing at her occasionally and smiling to himself. He was smiling when Charlie caught his eyes. They both were staring at each other awkwardly. Charlie raised her eyebrow telling him to stare off with the gaze in her eyes.
A car horned outside of the store. And both of them stood up on their feet. The door was a glass, one could see all whats going on outside. Daniel came down from a black Camry looking cool. He got inside and Justin walked straight to him. “Thank God you came on time”Justin said smiling. “Just give her 50dollars and let’s go”he said looking at Charlie. Daniel looked at Charlie and nodded his head in agreement. “He brought out his wallet and brought out new notes of 50dollars. He handed it over to her. Justin looked at Daniel in surprise”I said 50dollars”he said looking at him. “It’s OK bro let’s get going before you get late”he said pushing him forward with his hand. “His bill is 50dollars not 100dollars”Charlie said looking at David. “You can keep the remaining change because you’re pretty. Just count that as a tips from customer”he said smiling. “No I can’t accept this. You can have it back”she said stretching it forward. “OK am giving it as a friend. You can keep it bye”Daniel said turning to leave. Justin turned back and went to Charlie who was still looking at the money. He snatched it from her and dropped 50 dollars”tips my foot”he said looking at her. “No tips for a rude lady like you”he said and stormed off with the money he got to the driver seat and started the engine. “Are you coming or you want to live with her?”he said through the car window. Daniel looked at Charlie and bowed a little”am sorry bye”he said and rushed out to Justin because he knew if didn’t hurry up he might go without him.
Charlie looked at the black Camry as it zoomed off. She looked down at the squeezed 50dollars and picked it up. She held it angrily looking outside”you this son of a b*tch.”she said angrily and straighten the money.