Velma grew up as the only child in her family. Though her dad and mum had separated shortly after she was born, both parents were present in her entire life, well, for the better part of her life. They alternated holidays and school visiting days and they both overcompensated for the times they were apart, meaning whatever Velma wanted she got, and if one parent said no the other would easily purchase it so as to be seen as the ‘cool’ or ‘better’ parent.
All this came with its own advantages and disadvantages since she never knew the term ‘no’ in her life. For the better part of her life, she kept asking both her parents about the cause of their separation but they usually found a way to change the topic.
“Mum, you keep changing the topic every time I ask what happened between you and dad, yet both of you have been single. Is it because of me?” she would ask.
“Whatever happened between me and your dad, leave it to us. We both love you so much and want the best for you in this life,” her mum Veronica would say.
Fast forward, after completing her KCPE, her mum fell ill, very ill and most of the time she was hospitalized so she had to stay with her dad who wasn’t all that healthy. On her reporting to school for her secondary education, her dad took her and admitted her promising to keep in touch and watch over her mum regardless of their indifferences.
During her second term in form one, the principal called her to the office and said that her dad had come to pick her up for some family function but deep down she knew in her heart that the moment she had been dreading was here. As they walked out of school, her dad told her that they would pass through a hotel first for a meal before heading home so they went to the nearest hotel and started eating.
“My daughter, I know for a while you have been asking why your mum and I separated and I think you are old enough to finally know the truth,” her dad said holding her hand.
“I was young when I met your mum, she was innocent, beautiful, and smart. It was her intelligence
that sealed the deal for me.”, he paused for some minutes as if he was reliving the moment.
“She was in her first year of nursing school and so was I. We were the textbook definition of love
birds, always together helping each other but…”
Of course, deep down Velma knew there was a but she wasn’t sure she wanted to relive the next few moments.
“…I was stupid you know. During one of my nights out I messed up big time and as a result, we broke up. It broke my heart so much and to me, she has always been my one true love. She has been battling cancer and I have been by her side every minute giving her health priority before anything else. Unfortunately, yesterday she passed away…”
Velma’s mind went numb, she felt broken. She had no idea what to do, all along she never knew what had happened but here she was. Her mother was buried a few days later. She had to go live with her dad who was now going to fully take care of her. All went well and she finished her secondary education and joined Uzima University college in Kisumu County.
She was such a sharp and straightforward student so much so her lecturers loved and ‘loved’ her. One
time, during a consultation one of her lecturers invited her out for lunch. In all her innocence she
accepted to join him. On that particular day, her lecturer came with a friend and as they were having a meal, her lecturer left hurriedly due to an ‘emergency ‘ and left her with Kevin. Kevin was older than her almost her father’s age and he was a straightforward man.
“Velma, you are beautiful and I do not want to lie to you, I want us to date and I do not need an
answer right now. I have a wife and four kids but I will give you all you want and desire, so here is my number, I hope all will be well,” he said.
Did her lecturer just pimp her out?
“What benefits will I be getting ?” Velma asked.
“Vacations, shopping, money, good grades, just name what you want,” he replied.
“Even now?” she asked.
“Yes! Anything for you baby girl,” he replied.
Kevin took her shopping to impress her. They filled two trolleys and made sure to pick items from
every Isle. All this time Velma kept thinking.
’How can I get him off my back without really saying no?’ she thought.
A crazy idea struck her. She decided to go big on her shopping and picked a home theatre, a TV, and a TV stand. This seemed to have worked since Kevin now looked very uncomfortable. He however did not stop her. She knew she’d have to think deeper later on if this did not work for now she would enjoy her ‘shopping spree’.
At the counter, while they were waiting for the electronics to be tested, Kevin received a ‘phone call’. He walked out close to the entrance but far enough that Velma could see him. Little did she know that he was planning to vanish. She waited for his return for over 20 minutes as they were wrapping her goods. She tried to call Kevin for him to make payments but she couldn’t reach him. Soon enough the cashier’ got impatient and they had to call the manager.
Unfortunately for her, she had to return everything back to the shelves with everyone staring. It was a win for her, that was a good way of getting rid of her ‘sponsor’. Now Kevin would never come back. Though the embarrassment was too much – that she had not thought through.
That is how Velma got rid of her sponsor!
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