Their meeting took about three hours, I stayed away from the meeting area as much as possible. I went upstairs into my room and sat there. I could not help the tears that came down my cheeks, I had to go to the university, I had no other choice but to succeed, I had parents and siblings to take care of. My aunt probably had no idea what to do with me.
After the meeting she called me downstairs.
“How are you?” she asked.
“Fine ma” I replied.
“Good,” she said and sized me up. “I called you because there is something important I would like to discuss with you.
“Okay ma” I replied.
“So you are here for a purpose which is to continue your education, your uncle died and left the care of your cousins and his business empire in my hands.” My aunt said. My late uncle had a business that was blossoming his children were not really interested in how the business was run instead they requested for money as if they worked for it.
“One of my friends has picked interest in you” my aunt said all of a sudden I was initially thinking that she wanted to tell me something about my uncle’s business, maybe she wanted me to help her run the affairs of the business. Why would her friend of all people pick interest in me. I was not very comfortable with the kind of women my aunt called her friends, I didn’t even know the purpose of their little organization.
“okay” I replied not knowing else to say.
“I was thinking maybe you can go and work for her” my aunt replied. I was stunned. Work for her friend?
“Did I do anything wrong?” I asked.
“No you didn’t my dear, but in order to make money for your needs you will need to work, and she will pay you a lot, you can go to school and also come and visit,” my aunt said. My mind went to Anulika, a girl from my village who was also given that type of hope and ended up a prostitute. Her madam had told her that she would work in the house as a maid, tricked her parents into believing she was giving their daughter a better life until she took poor Anulika and turned her into a sex slave. Anulika came home for Christmas in expensive clothes, a nice fancy car but she was not happy, she had also aged a little bit, too much sex had drained her, I heard from the local gossips that she had rich clients. Of what use was it to have all that money and not find a decent man to marry.
“I will think about it” I told my aunt immediately,
“Think about what?” my aunt yelled.
“What you have just told me.” I replied.
“My dear, there is no time to think, I already agreed on your behalf, you are going to start work there this weekend” my aunt replied nonchalantly. Was I dreaming oh was she selling me as slave just the way Joseph’s brothers did to him. The book of Genesis was manifesting in real life,