THE NEIGHBOURHOOD 5

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After Monica had left, Kingsley barged in angrily demanding that Harriet kept his part of the bargain.

“You see, I’m not available but I will get you someone better,” Harriet said in a bid to calm Kingsley down.

“Who? Monica? Does it look like I’m interested in her?” Kingsley.

“Not Monica. Someone else. Guess what? She’s a virgin,” Harriet whispered.

“Who’s she?” Kingsley asked.

“Don’t worry, you will meet her soon. I will call and introduce her to you. Then I will convince her to come to your house. So just wait a little,” Harriet assured him smiling

“Are you sure about what you are saying?” Kingsley asked.

“Don’t you trust me?” Harriet asked and winked.

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In the same neighborhood was a poor family. They were caretakers of the house they lived in. The owner of the house was out of the country and had allowed them to stay there to take care of his property. They had a daughter, Abigail.

Abigail had unfortunately become friends with Harriet and Monica. Her parents had noticed a change in her behavior and were quite worried. This morning they sat her down and began to talk to her.

“Abigail, your mum and I have noticed some changes in your lifestyle. Where do you get all these expensive clothes from?” Her father probed.

“Dad, my friend in the neighborhood gives them to me,” She answered.

“What work does this friend do?” Mr. Arthur probed further.

“I don’t really know but it seems her parents are rich,” Abigail replied.

“My daughter you have to really careful of the people in this neighborhood. We’ve been here for just few months and you’ve heard of all the evil that’s been going on. Don’t be influenced by friends to join in such deviant behaviors. You know we are not rich but we are doing our best to make life comfortable for you. So the least you can do is to comport yourself,” Mr. Arthur advised his daughter.

“Okay daddy. I will comport myself,” Abigail replied.

She said that just to get them off her case. She hadn’t planned to comport herself. She was more interested in the flashy things she got from Harriet than the simple advice from her dad.

Right after her parents had left for work, she received a call from Harriet.

Harriet: Hello Abigail. How are you?

Abigail: I’m fine. Please are you home?

Harriet: Yes and I need you to come over immediately.

Abigail: Okay, I’m coming right away.

“Is she the one you are talking about?” Kingsley asked

“Yes. King, I won’t disappoint you so don’t worry. Once she gets here, I will introduce her to you and soon she can be yours” Harriet said.

They kept talking until they heard a knock on the door.  It was Abigail. After exchanging pleasantries, Kingsley left expecting Abigail to visit him. Harriet convinced Abigail that Kingsley was a rich man who was interested in her. Abigail opposed the idea initially.

“But sis. Harriet, why are you introducing me to him? You know I’m too young for that?” Harriet asked.

“Too young for a relationship with a rich guy who would provide all that you need? Well, for your information, that’s how we survive in this neighborhood, that’s your way into riches” Harriet convinced her.

“But I thought you said your parents are rich,” Abigail asked confused.

“Well, I wasn’t going to tell you that I sleep with men for money just like that,” Harriet replied.

Abigail realized what she was involved in. Confused, she asked for time to think about it and walked slowly back home…

To be continued…

Kreative Sandy

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