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I WAS SURPRISED BY THE SUDDEN change of heart but I was also happy this means I get the chance to go to my sewing classes and go to my early morning islamic studies.  I turned on my side still thinking of Assad’s sudden change of heart  I rose from the bed and walked to the wooden rack I hanged my bags on,  I  had  only three leather bags which I inherited from  mom,  I heaved a sigh and removed them from the rack,  I took the smallest one and unzipped  the middle pocket, I didn’t know how much I had in there but I hope it would see me  through the week,  my heart thumped as I roamed my hand through the bag,  I pulled out the rumpled notes I had thrown in, and sighed that was the little I made during the last month from  sewing,  I raised my head and looked at the clock on the wall it was past 10 pm,  I hated going out at this time,  I stood at the veranda and did my ablution then ran back inside.

I lied on the prayer mat after I  was done ‘I just hope this will be the end of my scantily dressed days’,  but why did he give me the whole week off,  I smiled as I succumbed to the  darkness that engulfed me. 


I looked up and jotted down what was written on  the board “Well that’s all for today,  don’t forget to rewrite the words I’ve written”,  I rolled my eyes internally,  I hated writing,  I prefer given memorization assignment to this. I smiled at the lady I shared a desk with after the mu’alim (teacher)  was done praying,  “See you tomorrow” she said gesturing to her extended hand I nodded  and shook her hand.  

I blinked back the tears that had welled in my eyes after leaving the mosque premises,  mom would have been very proud if she were alive,  she’d be amazed by my how  I turned out but she’d still be happy.  I pulled off my abaya and wore the old dress I wear when I’m going  to bathe,  I was quite disappointed when no water flowed from the  tap after turning the faucet,  it was mostly closed yet we still had to pay exorbitant monthly bills,  I rolled my eyes and took the plastic bucket back to my room,  I was lucky I had two gallons filled with  water, I half filled the  bucket with the water and went back to the bathhouse to bathe. 

I wore my  white ankle length chiffon dress with a blue mandarin  collar  and blue belt across the tummy,  then tied my head with a blue and white  head gear,  I held the mirror further from my face and pushed the gear a bit up,  I nodded and smiled content with my look,  I placed the mirror back  on the top of the drawer on my bedside. I looked around the room one more time to see if I’d forgotten anything then took my bag and locked the door. 

Leaving the house is always heart wrenching the sneers I receive from the tenants is annoying,  I rolled my eyes and shook my head lightly when I saw the ladies at their usual gossip joint,  I walked by them not caring to greet  either of them which I know would be a topic immediately my feet hit the ground outside or even right now. 


“Good morning” I greeted smiling tightly “Good morning welcome” they all replied in unison,  I arched my brow at Mansa who was giving me a skeptical look,   she burst into a fit of  laughter  with some of the  girls following cue, the shop we work at is a bit huge and has 6 rows of desks in the middle of the room and about eight around the room facing the  wall,  I frowned and checked if I had stained my dress but it was clean  I looked around  at the other girls who were also trying to hold in their laughter then rolled my eyes, the sad news was I sat close to Mansa, we sat by each other both facing the wall “What is it this time around Mansa?” I asked getting more irritated when she covered her mouth with her palm, I placed my bag gently beneath my table and turned to look at the other girls “Well you can go back to what you were doing or continue laughing like this fool here I know the Madam will be very happy to lay off a few of us when she comes in and find you laughing the day away” that quieted them down I pulled a tissue and wiped the top of the wooden chair then took my seat. 
I still wonder what was so amusing about me that had them laughing,  I  shrugged  turning my attention to fixing the thread through    my sewing machine,  sewing was the only thing I was good at after years of watching mom sew. 
The head seamstress “Madam” as we called her arrived  at noon and checked the progress we’ve made in sewing  the school uniforms the shop was contracted with,  she stood at the door of her office and cleared her throat “Girls I’m not happy with the progress you’re making, schools will be reopening next week and I have lots of schools assigning me to make their uniforms so I expect you guys to do a double shift from  now onwards ……..you shouldn’t be squealing Marie those schools saw the kind of work I did with other schools before assigning me with this project so I want you all to bring on your ace game” I clamped my mouth shut and blinked thinking of how I could combine Assad’s work with this, will he even understand this?,  I cleared my throat refocusing on the lady,  “Mansa, Marie, Amanda, Hawa you are my lead apprentices so you’ll do majority of the work” WTF  did she mean I have other things to do my life doesn’t evolve around this work.  

“Uhm  ma’am I usually work after this so I don’t think I can make it,  …… Uhm  I mean combining my work with this one” she squinted her eyes a little and shook her head “No you don’t get to have any say in this,  what I’ve already said is final,  you know where to  find the door if you can’t do it and that goes for the rest of you too” the girls chuckled in mockery, she rolled her eyes and sauntered back to her little office,  I turned back facing my machine,  “So you can’t wait to see your new rich beau is that why you were complaining” Mansa asked undertone in a teasing voice,  I was not too surprised by her statement she’s a real gossip monger,  and knows about almost everyone here, I decided to indulge her a bit 

“Oh so you’ve heard about my rich friend already?” she nodded her smile widening a bit “I wonder why you’re here though I would  not even spend a second here if I had a guy with that  kind of  wealth” she straightened up and raised her hand waving like a pageant queen, “I’d sit in the car and wave my hand to everyone I see” I shook my head and held up the dress I was working on,  “Are you happy with this new arrangement?” I asked Mansa quietly she shrugged twisting her lips a bit “Who cares,  I don’t even care if we have to spend the whole day here so far as I’ve got my family covered it’s ok” I nodded in understanding that was one thing I loved about her,  she was a single parent to two lovely girls, and she’d kill and die for them,  that was the only thing we had in common,  we hustled for our loved ones,  she for her  children  and I for Shakeel and the debt Don had tagged on my family.


I stifled the yawn with the back of my hand and tightly shutted my eye warding off the sleep away, “I don’t think I can keep my eyes open to finish this one I feel like sand has been thrown  into my eyes”  Hiba one of colleagues complained in a sleepy voice,  I felt just like her maybe worst,  I don’t even know if I was sewing the dress I was making right.  

“Would you stop whining and do the work at hand,  you’ve only started today and you’re complaining what of the days to come today is the first day and I want to have 200 nice  completely sewn   dresses before any of you leaves this place”. 

I don’t  know if I can do this the next minute cos my head was starting to throb the lighting system is not so good and my eyes was starting to water from forcing them open, going on almost 24 hrs with no sleep,  “Madam I’m done with mine” I said folding the dress I had just finish  making. “You can leave it there  and go” she replied not even turning to look at me,   I took my bag and walked out of the room. My heart started thumping when I got outside, what if something happens to  me,  I was lucky to get a taxi,  just as I got to the bus stop,  I sighed and entered the backseat,  then nodded at the passengers; two ladies one at the front the other at the back with  a guy,  I was very scared  cos of recent taxi snatching and robbery events, I blurted out my stop praying that he really takes me there.  


I heaved a sigh when  the taxi alighted me at the junction that led to my house, I looked around a bit scared of what might happen to me,  but one thing about the thugs around here is they don’t  attack the people living in this vicinity,  they more like share their loot here,  but I was still scared I held my bag tightly innerly praying to reach home safe. 

I walked hurriedly and rushed into the house,  “Alhamdulillah” I muttered softly when I got to my door I heaved a sigh leaning my back on the door,  ‘This is the last time I’ll ever do any of those late night shift,  nothing happened today but what of tomorrow,  I couldn’t use the bathroom now,  so I wetted a towel and wiped my body with it.  




                  ♠CHAPTER 4♠

I heaved a sigh as we drove out of the house seeing the house more clearer in daylight makes the whole thing feel more surreal,  I looked behind me as we drove off the Palace like building,  ‘how can just one person live in this building?’  I shook my head and looked forward I could feel Adam’s gaze on me but I didn’t look up at him, I just couldn’t bear his skeptical looks,  I cleared my throat trying to figure out a  way to start conversation with him,  “Uhm so what’s uh-” I huffed out nervously “W-what’s  his name?”  “I’m sorry you’ll have to ask him that” he replied shortly I opened my mouth but shut it again “I’m sorry, I tend to blab when I’m nervous”  I said sighing, I turned my gaze to the window,  watching the beautiful scenery we passed.”Assad” I whipped my head to Adam,  his eyes were still on the road,  I couldn’t tell if he indeed said the words “His name is Assad” I smiled and nodded “Thank you” I noticed him nod too but I couldn’t tell if the quirk on his lip was real or just an imagination.  He was quite again I leaned my head on the window glass and closed my eyes,  all I could think about was Shakeel.
‘Is he ok’ I couldn’t shake off the feeling that something bad was happening to him, or rid off the guilt of not being able to visit him two months in a row.  

“Which turn should I take?” he asked when we made it to the roundabout “Uhm I’m not very familiar with the place I can only tell when we’re driving from the center of the city” he sighed in frustration and shook his head “Cut you drove to the house with Zak” he asked in an irritative voice “I was asleep throughout the ride” I replied meekly.  It wasn’t my fault that I don’t go out regularly,  taking public transport too was not much of a great help cos I always pass the same route,  I sighed and shook my head “I was asking you the name of the area” I heard him ask I blabbed out the address,  and watched through hooded eyes as he tapped it on the GPS I didn’t live in the most beautiful part of town,it’s kind of funny how one seem to have it all and then loses it slowly then the next thing you know you’ve become this different person,  I scrubbed my hands harshly against my arm trying to ward off the devastating feeling.”We’re here which route should I take?” he asked again I knew the GPS couldn’t pick the address of my place, “You can drop me here I can walk home” “No I’m taking you home those were the boss’s exact words” I nodded and pointed to the the small route that led to my house,  he drove on the bumps “Its the house after this one” I pointed to the house, I could tell he was amused by the kind of place I lived, girls in my line of work mostly lived their lives to the fullest, but my case is different since I don’t do it by choice. “Thanks for the ride I really appreciate it see you tomorrow?” I blurted questioningly  he shook his head but made no move to move the car,  I nodded and opened the door,  I shook my head at the kids that had surrounded the car cheering and clapping. I hurriedly entered the fenceless house,  I lived at the worst part of town, I’m not very proud of the area I live,  we had very good people but it was the worst cos the youth over here mostly indulge in drugs and robbery.

“I can see you’ve also gotten yourself one of those men” a neighbor who lived a few rooms away from mine snickered I shook my head and headed to my room, indulging her would be a big mistake there were already rumours that I was involved in prostitution and I didn’t owe me any form of explanation. I took my keys out of my bag and opened the door “Which good comes out of a girl who just appeared here with no one knowing her roots,  with a boy she claims to be her brother and now I see her coming home with men in expensive cars” another lady added,  I hurriedly entered it wouldn’t be long when I become the major talk in this neighborhood,  I could feel it.  I just hope it doesn’t get back to Shakeel, that was why I sent him off to boarding school. I lived in a 14 tenant compound house most of the tenants were married couples, the only problem was we we had only two bath houses,  one for the ladies and the other for men but we had no toilet we had to walk miles to a public toilet.  I wore my long dress I wear when I’m going to  bathe and passed the women with my bucket in hand, “Hmm Sis Muni I sometimes marvel at how girls of today who claim to be good Muslims and God sent sell themselves short to men just for a few pennies”.

I blocked them out and took the water to the bath house,  ‘I’m a sinner I know I am but I might be much better than them in eyes of the Lord and answering them will only make me like them I’m not proud of my life but I never did any of what I did willingly I was forced down that road, and will definitely find my way back on track’.I prayed after I had freshened up and dressed up in my ankle length black  abaya it was pass 2 pm when I got there,  I smiled and greeted the security guard at the gate,  “Sorry madam today is not the visiting day I can’t allow you in” I smiled and nodded “I know but it’s very urgent, I couldn’t make it here the last two visiting days and my brother has ran out of food and cash” I replied raising the small poly bag I held in hand filled with provisions,  he nodded looking at the small bag,  “What’s his name?” “Shakeel” I muttered smiling, he nodded looking me over, then shrugged and called one of the security guards inside the room at the check point, he relayed what I said to him and turned back to me, “He’ll be back soon with Shakeel” I nodded and entered the the gate, “You can sit there” he said pointing to the bench I smiled and sat on the bench facing the school, I’m proud that I was able to bring my brother here he deserved it, I smiled when I saw his lanky figure dwarfing the security guard approaching us,I rose from the bench gently placing the things I was holding on the bench, he had bent his head so he did not see me, I felt I’ve running to him but I forced myself to wait for him, “Shakeel” I squealed when he was a few metres from me, he raised his head and smiled widely brightening up my world,everything felt alright at that moment I ran to him and hugged him tightly he raised me and swirled me around, “God Marie what have you been eating, I swear you grow lighter every day” he complained frowning at he eased me down I playfully smacked his arm “Hey just because you’re taller and bigger than me doesn’t mean you get to pick on me ok” I said squinting my eyes a bit to show him how serious I was, “Ok Mademoiselle, no need to hit me it really hurts you know” I sighed and hugged him tightly, “I really miss you lil boy” I uttered my voice thick with emotion,”God Marie you are embarrassing me” he complained pulling himself from the hug, God he was growing up real fast he looked more like my older brother and more like dad everyday, I shook my head and grabbed his hand walking to the bench, I sat and scooted over making space for him,”So my older sister decides to neglect me for two whole months no calls no nothing and then reappears, just like that” he complained sulking and batting his eyelashes I smiled as I looked at his pretty face but he had bags under his eyes”I’m sorry” I apologized running my hand over his face prolonging it under the bag of his eyes “You’ve not been getting adequate rest Shakeel, you have bags under your eyes stop pushing yourself too hard” I uttered softly. “I’m a man Marie I know how to take care of myself but I’ve been worried about you” I shook my head forcing a smile in my face when I remembered the dreams I had been having recently. “I’m doing very good but you over have got me worried and how you look today has heightened my worries why do you look like this you have to take things easy” “It’s nothing” he mumbled turning his head as he coughed I didn’t believe him but I had to take his words for what they were.”I’ll be surprising you very soon” he said snapping me out of my trance I didn’t even know I had zoned out, I nodded and smiled “Shakeel have you been seeing god-father?” I asked fearing the answer he’d give me he quickly looked away my heart thudded as I waited to hear his response. 

“I-uhm ” he looked away then looked at me again “You’ve been seeing him right?” I asked in a cold voice I didn’t even know I possessed “Marie he just wants to help you cater for my schooling when I leave here, you know I need a male-” I raised my palm up stopping him in his tracks “Shakeel you are on a sports scholarship, and they pay half of your fees already I don’t need any help paying the rest, and I’m sorry I’m not a guy for you to emulate from, one thing I really need from you is for you to not get involved in any way with that man”.

I muttered looking earnestly into his eyes, he blinked back the tears that had gathered in his eyes and nodded “Thank you” I added giving him a tight hug “Please don’t get involved with him even if this is the only advice I give you’d ever adhere to” I felt him bob his head and hoped he’ll really do my bidding. 

I handed him the goods I had brought along and thanked the security men, “Marie I promise to stay away from him I don’t want to see you hurt”I nodded and clasped his hands in mine, “And focus on your studies too, tone the sports done a bit, I don’t want you too fatigued ok” I hugged him one last time and made my way to the gate, I turned back after I was outside the gate and bidding farewell to the security guards, he still stood at the spot I left him, I nodded and waved at him, swallowing hard to wet my suddenly dry throat. I couldn’t stop thinking of Don Omar’s crooked ways I know when he sinks his claws into Shakeel I’d have a very difficult time getting him back, I shook my head at the thought it shall not commenting pass in shaa Allah.I boarded a trotro (ovan) home, I alighted and my area’s station and walked home surprisingly finding Assad’s car parked in front of my house the kids were not as many as earlier today ‘Did I do anything wrong?’ I kept asking myself repeatedly, I walked on wobbly legs to the car knocking on the window he rolled the glass down and motioned to the passenger door with his head, I forced a smile and greeted him “Good evening Adam did you forget something?” he nodded but didn’t return my smile I frowned a bit he was warming up to me before leaving earlier, “the boss changed his mind, he says he’s given you the rest of the week off and would meet you only at the club” I nodded wondering what suddenly made him change his mind, I thought I’d already seen the end of this club days but it seems it just began, why now of all times.

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I LOOKED ON AT THE APPROACHING FIGURE OF SHAKEEL AND SMILED,  it took everything in me to remain seated on the bench,  he raised his head and looked around probably looking for me,  the school was filled with visitors I waved in his direction “Shakeel” I called out his name, he smiled back when our eyes met and hastened his pace so he could get to me,  he was only a few paces away from me then turned to the other direction,  I furrowed my brows in confusion and turned to the place he was going,  Don stood there with his cane in hand wiggling it in the air,  in Shakeel’s direction “Shakeel come back here” I called out sternly but he didn’t turn “Shakeel” I called out again my voice turning desperate he stood beside Don Omar laughing like a loon,  “Shakeel that man is bad news please come back, please…….., Shakeel don’t leave me alone you’re the only one I’ve got” I uttered between hiccups he shook his head and started walking away with Don, I couldn’t rise from the chair and when I forcefully rose up I fell on the floor, my breath ragged up as his figure disappeared with Don’s, “Shakeel…Shakeel” I croaked out “Marie” a distant voice called,  “Marie you have to… ” I couldn’t make out the words,  “Marie wake up, I know you can hear me wake up”, my eyelids felt so heavy,  I felt a hand around my body but I still couldn’t open my eyes Shakeel was gone my life is now meaningless  he’s my everything and without him I’ve lost everything,  “You have me” the voice that had been calling me replied,  “I want Shakeel back,  I want him back,  he can’t go to that man he’ll ruin him just as he’s trying to do me”, I was met with silence this time around then out of the blue the voice  cooed “Open your eyes” the voice was so soft I felt obliged to comply,  I opened my eyes to an unfamiliar place,  the ceiling seemed to be going on for miles,  and it was stark white, my eyes felt too heavy to move around, “Welcome back” a familiar voice muttered,  my  throat felt too raw to reply,  I slowly turned my head to the direction of the voice and met with the mesmerising eyes of the stranger, my frown deepened, “water” I croaked out he turned to the night stand,  the sound of the liquid being poured out invaded the quietness of the room.  I bucked myself up a bit resting my head on what felt like a mountain of pillows,  I opened my mouth meekly and he placed the glass between my lips,  it felt so refreshing I pushed his hand away causing the water to drain on my body and  nose,  I coughed as it choked me.  “Sorry,  I’m so sorry” he cooed patting my back as I coughed.  “Who’s Shakeel?” he asked throwing me offguard after I had settled down I blinked rapidly as the dream I had invaded my thoughts once again.”He has him,  I have to leave” I said as I tried to climb off the bed, “No you’re not in the right state of mind or health to leave this place” he said in a stern voice,  “I don’t know what kind of agreement you had with Don but I’m not for sale and I think I’ve already overstayed my stay here” he shook his head in disapproval, “I won’t have you hurt yourself at my expense,  and this has totally nothing to do with Don,  you’ll stay in bed until I see you fit to leave”, I blinked back the tears that stinged the back of my eyes,  my head throbbed loudly silencing me from replying, I bit my lip as another wave of pain hit me. “But –don’t– let him get to Shakeel- I beg of you” I forced out of my trembling lips.  My vision became blurry but I could make out his profile as he nodded. 

“Who is this Shakeel she’s been mentioning his name in her sleep, and asked me to keep him away from that man who owns the club, he’s Don Omar right?”,I pressed my ear to the door but couldn’t make out what the other person was saying, their voices were hushed now,  I retraced my steps and entered another room. Then came out when the door was opened, it was the stoutly built man,  I blinked my eyes trying clear the guilt I felt for eavesdropping on them,  “Uhm I’m kind of hungry,  but couldn’t make out where the kitchen is?” I lied looking around,  he gave me a skeptical look,  I felt like he was looking right through me,  “the kitchen is this way ma’am” “Can I have a word with the boss?” I asked looking behind him at the huge wooden door,  he nodded and turned around turning the knob,  then motioning for me to enter “Thanks”.

He raised his head shaking it in disapproval “You should be in bed” he muttered in his hoarse voice,  “Uhm I just wanted to thank you for all you’ve done for me,  but I’d really like to take my leave now,  I’ve been here for almost 24 hours or probably more” I complained my stomach growled”That’s after I’ve eaten” I added when I noticed the look he was giving,  “Join Adam outside he’ll take you to the kitchen we’ll talk some more after you’re done you can see Zak isn’t here to take you back” I smiled and nodded at his words ‘he was going to let me go home’ I squealed internally. 
I nodded when  he turned to his laptop,  and slowly left the room,  I smiled and nodded at Adam following his lead to the kitchen,  I looked behind me at how long the hallway was,  “We’re here” he said when he got to the door and noticed how I ogled the place,  the kitchen is a whole different issue,  I was practically drooling the kitchen,  I snapped my mouth shut when he cleared his throat”What’d you like?,  we have sandwich of you want something light,  soup, and then we have spaghetti bolognese,  “I’d take the soup then the spaghetti afterwards”, I replied if he was surprised he didn’t show it. He placed a bowl of a strange looking soup in front of me,  then placed a spoon on a saucer next to it,   I took the spoon and scooped a little bit of the soup scrunching my nose as I placed the spoon between my lips,  I closed my eyes as the soup hit my taste buds, I licked my lips and placed the spoon on the  saucer placed beside it then lifted the bowl to my lips,  I swallowed every  bit of the soup before putting the bowl down,  I closed my eyes and sighed holding my hand to my lips when I involuntarily burped,  “Sorry” I apologized as I burst in a fit of giggles,  I held my chest trying to sober up,  ‘It’s been so long,  I couldn’t even remember’ I burst into tears, I never used to believe in this irony,  laughing and crying at the same time. “Are you ok ma’am?” Adam asked  worriedly,  I fanned my face trying to stop the tears that had welled in my eyes then wiped the small ones that had made it beneath my eye lid. 

“I need to get  out of here” I whispered to myself. 
I hurriedly left the kitchen in search of his office,  I shook the knob and ran into the office “Sir I don’t know the kind of agreement you had with Don, I want to leave I have things to tend to” “I thought I told you we’d talk when you’re done eating” he replied rising from his desk, I nodded suddenly feeling intimidated by him, “Uhm I have things to do back at home and I only work at the club at night, I need to go back, I have work to do, and I’m missing a lot on my studies, please you can have Adam bring me back here when I’m done, please I’d forever be indebted to you”I pleaded on the verge of tears. He nodded “You can leave with Adam I’ll give you tonight off, but you’ll have to come back tomorrow evening by” he clicked his laptop and looked up at me, “5 pm that’s all I’m giving you but” I swallowed hard when he added that “You can’t go back to the club, or entertain any other man for that matter, I’m trusting you to not do that, but be warned if I find you doing otherwise you and that old man will regret ever crossing path with me” I clasped my hand tightly and kissed it “Thank you so much it really means a lot to me, I’d never in a million years even think of doing all those things behind your back, but where can I find my purse?” I added the latter gnawing on my lip. “Adam will bring it in”. I nodded and waited for Adam.I could finally see Shakeel “You can sit” I shook my head and smiled “In I’d rather wait for him here” he shrugged and turned back to whatever he was doing.  

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Tais  Araujo as Marie

I looked sideways but I still couldn’t make out where we were going “Uhm Zak would you please tell me where we are going?” I asked hating the little waver in my voice,  he kept mute and drove on to God knows where,  ‘What if Don has finally tire of me and is going to sell me off or better yet kill me’ my heartbeat quickened,  as we drove down the quite road filled with trees. 
“Hey wake up” I heard a distant voice call and my hands being shook,  I fluttered  my eye slowly adjusting it to the light “Hey Marie wake up already we are running late” I became fully awake when he said that,  I didn’t even know I had fallen asleep I turned my wrist studying the time,  I swallowed hard and blinked back the tears that had gathered in my eyes.

The place looked so surreal the greenery of the grass,  and the fountain we had to circle before driving to the parking lot, I looked up the avenue we drove by then turned to Zak “Zak if anything ever happens to me,  promise me Shakeel will be well taken care of” I uttered in a desperate voice,  I’ve never been good friends with him but I couldn’t shake off the feeling that something was about to me and he might have a good side,  everyone is suppose to,   my life was altering I could feel it in my blood and if there’s anything I’ve learnt to trust it’s this particular feeling, it happened before the most tragic moments of my life. He smirked and shook his head “Get your mind out of the gutters ok” he chided giving me a skeptical look “Nothing bad is going to happen” he added in a soothing voice maybe after seeing how shaken I was.
I looked down the avenue when  I alighted,  the scenery looked like something out of a magazine birds chirping from the trees,  the place looked serene  and lovely but these are the kind of places that crimes go unnoticed,  I could be killed and dumped without anyone noticing,  the place  looked deserted enough for that to happen,  “So where are we?” I finally mustered the courage to ask “Just chill” I nodded and walked on wobbly legs to the large door.

He quirked his brow questioningly as he held the door knocker “Are you ready?” he asked as he knocked on the door rhythmically,  I swallowed  hard and looked at the rich wooden door intently like it could answer the questions whirling in my mind.

A stoutly built man opened the door,  and nodded like he was having a secret  conversation with Zak,  he widened the door and motioned for us to walk in,  my movements jerked as I walked into the building,  I moved my eyeballs slowly studying the place the best I could,  the hallway had long vases filled with flowers, it seemed like we had been walking to God knows where for eons of hours,  I looked up the two flights of stairs facing each other,  then at the man leading “Will we be taking any of these stairs?” I asked looking terrifyingly at the stairs “No ma’am we’re going this way” he replied in a thick british accent pointing to a metal door I nodded in relief.  He pressed a button and the elevator door pinged open,  ‘Where the f*ck did Don bring me’ I shouted in my head.
I cleared my throat when we all entered,  my lips were itching to ask what we were going to do “Uhm,  sir what exactly are we doing here?” I asked meekly,  he turned to Zak,  we had him in the middle,  then turned to me and shrugged “I do not know ma’am” he replied,  I wiped my hand on my dress and gnawed on my lip,  “We’re here ma’am” he called out snapping me from my trance,  I nodded and got off the elevator,  Zak gave me a murderous look when our eyes met “No questions” he mouthed,  I nodded ignoring the tears that brimmed my eye and was threatening to fall,  ‘You have to be brave Marie’ I chided myself but I was falling apart within. 

I looked up  at the opulent door we stood by which had a tulip engraved on,  the man pushed it then stood back for us to enter,  I walked in like a cattle brought to a slaughter house,  ready to face my fate,  I could feel in my gut that my life was going to change the headache I had this morning suddenly came back in full force my head throbbed so loud I could hear it pound in my ear,  “Lord have mercy on me,  forgive me for my past sins for I know nought and was forced to do them,  I seek repentance for the ones I did intentionally,Ya Allah, forgive all our departed souls who’ve preceded us in the after life and make ours a soothing journey when it’s our time, dear Lord  please have my brother well taken care of, aameen” “Aameen” I heard a hoarse baritone voice reply to a prayer I didn’t even know I’ve said out loud,  I raised my head up frighteningly but all I saw was a large chest I looked further up looking at the beauty in front of me,  he exuded masculinity and beauty I wonder if the two words can even pair in a sentence,  

I swallowed hard and blinked a few times,  he had the most beautiful eyes ever,  green eyes with a speck of gold,  “Close your mouth” I clamped my mouth shut,  at his words.  “Take a seat” he said motioning to the chair in front of me.  “Marie”  I sat on the chair without a fuss, “I’m intrigued by your dance  so I’ve hired you for the rest of the time I’ll be here” he spoke out softly like he was talking to a child,  I nodded before realizing I told Don I’d never give a private dance even when it elongated my indefinite sentence in his hellhole of a club.  “I…. ” my argument died down when our eyes met

“Did you want to ask anything Marie?” I shook my head gingerly,  irking the headache I  clasped my head as a sudden pain hit me  blurring my vision ,  I blinked trying to fight the darkness that was enveloping me “Marie… ” I heard a distant voice  call out but I couldn’t fight the darkness,  then everything was pitch black. 

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     By Meena_Diasso 
DISCLAIMER ® This is a fictional story and is coincidental if it has any semblance with anyone’s life.
“What can you do  to settle your mom’s debt?” the man with the patch across his eye asked her running his fingers  across her cheek, she cringed and pulled away “You know I have nothing to give you” she smiled sadly and looked into his eyes “and my parents left my brother and I in your care” he laughed loudly,  his laughter coming off more like a roar. “I have a new club and you’ll be working there” he  said in a sudden sober voice, he shook his head when she widened her eyes tsking “Don’t give me  that look baby girl I’ve seen you and I know how much of a party animal you are this shouldn’t be hard for you”. She blinked sharply and shook her head “That was a mistake godfather please don’t make me do this” he huffed in pretend tiredness  “Then this will also be a mistake”. He walked to the door then abruptly stopped “And as of today I’m Don Omar to you , lucky enough for you I’ll take care of your brother as a bonus package”,”We don’t need your help Don I can do that myself” he chuckled and righted his patch “Don’t forget you start tonight I’ll send a driver to come pick you up, and you  can take care of your brother if you want I was just doing you a favor”She eased herself on the sofa when he slammed the door behind him and continued sobbing, she looked upwards “My life just keeps getting better everyday” she muttered  her voice dripping with sarcasm. 


                          Marie 💔
I clenched and unclenched my fist as I waited for my turn, I felt scared and nervous everything in me was screaming for me to run to the other direction even after years of doing the same thing,  I licked my suddenly dry lips and practiced my breathing exercise ‘It’s going to be a long night’ I thought as I was pulled to the platform I shook my hands fighting off the clamminess and wiped the sweat on the skimpy robe I had tied around my body,  I moved my head sideways slowly as the song flooded the room intoxicating my senses, that’s my only weakness dancing and music,  I moved my body to the tune and held the sash of my robe playing with it as I untied the loose knot  I looked down through hooded eyes at the skimpy lingerie cladding my body, with my slim figure I’d be more fit for a VS model, that’s how almost every girl working here looks, I raised my head slowly looking at no one in particular as I sashayed to the pole each step like a poison to my soul. I stood by the pole at the song started playing. 
I closed my and held my hand back on the pole moving my body to the rhythm 
Baby, let’s cut down the lights

I just really wanna let this fire burn bright

I’m just telling you to have an open mind

Just imagine us

You’re taking me there, you’re taking me there

Our lips are barely touching

So do it again, so do it again

We could be on to something 

Heyo, heyo, I just wanna feel your body on me

I dragged my fingers slowly on my body as I twirled around the pole

Heyo, heyo, if you want it then you got it, hold me
I bucked my hips a bit  zoning out the cheers and loud scream from some of the men,  I opened my eyes slowly and saw the money being thrown on the stage. 
No more, no more wasting time

We can, we can go all night

Heyo, heyo, I just wanna feel your body on me


Body on me


Body on me
I slowly eased myself on the stage and looked through the crowd with my tear glistened eyes,  “I can’t continue living this life” I whispered as the stage light dimmed, my eyes settled on a guy sitting at the far corner of the room, he he was wearing dark glasses but I could still feel his gaze on  me, I swallowed hard bending slowly in an upright position for my robe.

I gave a strained smile to the other girls, as I walked to the dressing room I was the only one who went on stage with a robe, even after doing this for almost six years, my nightmare years which I’m still living due to the fact that I still work for Don(my Satan). Tonight I only get to do one dance which I was so happy to comply I don’t think I’d be able to handle it if it was an all night affair. 
I heaved a sigh as I got ready to leave,  this was the only way Don agreed I repay my parents debt after he saw me in that club with my friend a day I continue to regret “Well well well look who we have here if not my precious gem” he said in his eerie annoying voice, “I believe my work here has already been done” I retorted throwing daggers at his disgusting figure through the mirror           “Now what did I tell you about that smart mouth of yours” he asked pulling me from the stool my arm felt like it was being pulled from its socket but I kept my bravado “Won’t you answer me little girl?” he added in a cold voice “OK I hear you” I answered hating the meekness in my voice,  he didn’t deserve any respect or the right to live, he released my hand like I had caught the plague making me stumble a bit, I slowly shook my head as I watched him hating him with every fiber of my being. “Do you understand little girl?” I heard him ask as he hitted his cane loudly on the dressing mirror I jumped a bit and nodded “Zak will escort you tomorrow” he stated and prodded my cheek with his cane he turned and walked to the door then turned his head slowly and looked me over “How’s that bastard you’re catering for coming off?” my nose flared as I breathed out trying to  curb my anger,  he smirked and left.      I turned to the mirror looking intently at the girl I saw, she looked a bit shaken ‘Why does it always have to be you,  what sin did you ever commit to deserve this,  does not having any relatives have to be like this’, it has always been mom,  dad,  Shakeel and me with that bastard I used to call my godfather who was nothing but a devil my parents never knew about.


I took the book and looked down at the words I feel a bit woozy maybe from staying up at night “Are you feeling alright?” the lady sitting beside me asked I nodded and gave her a strained smile my head felt light, I looked at the teacher standing by the board and jotted down what he had written “And you all remember the hadith that states that actions are judged by intentions” I nodded at his words, I’ve heard about the health in sermons I’ve listened to “So does it mean when I’m forced to do something that goes against the rules of Islam I’d be forgiven?” I heard myself asking    “Well do you think you’ll be forgiven?” he asked looking into my eyes I nodded my head lightly but didn’t utter a word, “I know so” I whispered to myself. 
My head was now throbbing and I still had to go to work then head to the club later on tonight, it’s really going to be a long night. 

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