At 13 years, Sarah already knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She wanted to become a professional dancer and live in Hollywood with other entertainers. Since she was a child, Sarah loved dancing. Her mother always joked that she learnt to dance before she could walk. However, life had plans in store for her and her path led her to the strip club where she worked as a stripper.
When she finished high school, a group of dancers from her neighbourhood asked her to join them since they knew she was a talented dancer. She gladly accepted the invite and they welcomed her with open arms. However, her mother had reservations about the group. They used to perform at clubs and private parties which was the complete opposite of what her staunch Christian mother had hoped for her daughter.
“Why can’t you join the dance group at the church?” She asked her one day when Sarah came back late at night after a performance.
Sarah hadn’t even been to church since she joined the group. Most times, she was too tired and slept all morning then woke up and went for dance practice. Despite her mother being a staunch Christian, she still gave her daughter the freedom to explore her talent as a dancer.
Her dance career wasn’t going as she hoped it would and after two years of dancing with the group, she suddenly left without any explanation to them or her family. She just stopped showing up for practice or gigs.
What none of them knew was that Sarah had found another job that paid her more money than she ever dreamt of making. During one of her gigs with her dance group, a man approached her and offered her a job in his club. He thought she would make a good dancer.
“Well, I’m looking for exotic dancers for my gentlemen’s entertainment spot and I think you’ll be perfect.” The bulky man in a pinstripe suit said.
“You mean a stripper?” Sarah asked, surprised at the proposal.
She might have been a free spirit but she never thought that she would end up becoming a stripper.
“Yeah. You could make a lot of money.” He added after noticing her hesitation. “Listen, just think about it then give me a call.”
A few days later, Sarah showed up at the club ready to be a stripper. The manager introduced her to the other girls. However, unlike the other group, these dancers were not as nice. They barely acknowledged her and her first day felt like a baptism of fire.
However, when she stepped on the stage and the crowd cheered for her, she knew she was exactly where she was meant to be.
She walked onto the stage as the DJ announced her name and the crowd went wild. She looked around the crowded lounge and smiled then took to the pole to give them yet another performance of a lifetime. The roars, cheers and notes of money falling from the sky kept her going. An hour later, she was drenched in sweat but made her way to the changing room with a bag full of money.
“Great night.” One of the girls said to her as Sarah freshened up.
It was a great night indeed. She had had many great nights since she started working as a stripper. Within a few months, she was able to buy a car. However, she still lived at her mother’s house and she was getting suspicious about what Sarah did.
It wasn’t unusual for her to come back home in the dead of the night but the money she was making was highly unusual. Additionally, she had started hearing rumours that her daughter was a stripper. She didn’t know what that meant but after asking around, she nearly fell to her knees but decided to give her daughter the benefit of doubt.
“She can never be a stripper. I raised her well.”
The whole issue was swept under the rug and Sarah continued to work at the club. By now, she had become a household name going by the stage name Cayenne. Her career was soaring for her to quit even though she knew her mother was now on to her.
“She’ll find out sooner or later so you better make money in the meantime.” One of the girls advised her after she confided in her.
“I can’t stand it if I disappoint her.” She said nearly in tears.
“She’s your mother. She’ll understand you.”
“This was the last thing any of us thought I’d do. I’ve always been a good girl in her eyes.”
“Being a stripper doesn’t make you a bad girl. I mean, you’re the only girl who never goes out clubbing after work. You simply make your money and go home.” They both laughed.
“I just have to be on my best behaviour until she no longer suspects anything,” Sarah said.
For the next months, she started working fewer nights and took early shifts when there were fewer crowds. However, the changes only made things worse. Her popularity continued to soar which spread the word that she was a stripper all over town.
The rumours got so bad that her mother was forced to resign as the secretary of her church. However, she was determined to put an end to the rumours. She knew that her daughter couldn’t be the things that people were saying about her.
After finding the name of the club she was rumoured to work at, her mother went to talk to the owner and find out where all these rumours were coming from. When she got there a tall dark man in a black suit immediately stopped her and refused to let her in pointing at a sign that read “Members only”.
“I want to talk to the owner.” She protested but the bouncer simply shook his head and pushed her aside to let the other people in.
“I’m looking for Cayenne.” She said which caught the bouncers’ attention.
“Who are you?”
“Does someone called Cayenne work here?”
“Work? She’s one of our best girls. She’s actually on the stage right now.” He said opening the door slightly so that she could peer in.
“Sarah? My daughter? Is she really a stripper? It can’t be.” she said as she stood at the entrance of the dark entertainment joint.
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