“Now go and get ready, I’m already late for work”

“Now?”

She laughed.

“Yes, now. Run along now”

I screamed and tried running up the stairs- but obviously lost my energy. When I got to my room, I took a quick shower and quickly got dressed. Mommy was waiting for me in the lounge.

“Ready?”

She got up from the couch.

“Yes, I’m ready”

She dragged the two suitcases and walked out.

“Can I help you with that?”

I politely asked.

“No, you don’t have to carry heavy weights”

I sighed. Will they ever stop trying to protect me from myself. We got to the car and drove off. We went to church, to meet up with the choir executive committee. I waited in the car for about an hour, while she was inside, in a meeting. When she was done, we went to meet up with many other clients. I was getting uncomfortable because I had to wait in the car the whole time. Finally, we drove to her store. It was a very beautiful store, with well and creatively designed dresses. I could not believe my eyes, Mommy was very creative. While I was walking up and down, admiring her work, she called me over to the counter.

“Mandy, welcome to my store. Please enjoy your stay with u and make sure not to overwork yourself”

I smiled.

‘Thank you”

“I will introduce you to the rest of the staff later, they are busy now”

I nodded and walked away. My day turned out really well. I enjoyed watching Mommy work, and also enjoyed being in the business area. She had her little work station at the back, and had her stuff looking after the store. Later, we knocked off. On our way way home, we were both excited about our first day.

“Today turned out well. I really enjoyed myself”

She took a glance at me and then looked at the road ahead.

“You did?”

I excitedly nodded.

“It was so cool seeing all those people happy to own your clothes”

She giggled proudly.

“Thank you. I really appreciate the fact that you find my job exciting”

“You are doing an amazing job. More people deserve to know about you and your work”

She laughed.

“Thank you so much”

“I can already imagine myself wearing dresses that I’ve made myself”

She looked at me.

“So you want to learn to be a dressmaker?”

I nodded.

“Wow. You are the first child to ever say that. Are you sure?”

Should I be worried? She sounded rather too touched. I smiled, trying to soften the atmosphere. When we got home, Sibusiso’s car was parked outside.

“What is this guy doing here?”

“Relax, let’s go inside and hear what he has to say”

We stepped out of the car and walked inside the house. Desmond was in the lounge, sitting next to his wife, and Daddy was sitting on the single couch. Mommy greeted and they greeted back. We sat down.

“Mandy, we came as soon as we heard that you have been discharged”

Desmond said.

“You shouldn’t have wasted a trip. I don’t need you here”

Everyone looked at me.

“What do you mean? I had to come and see for myself that you are doing fine”

“As you can see, I am doing fine. You can go now. The only time you could have visited me is when I was in hospital. But what did I expect? You know nothing about being there for a child. You know nothing about being my father. You can go now”

“Young lady, I have been warned about your rudeness, and I believe that everything that was said about you is true. Let me tell you something, you will not disrespect my husband in my presence and get away with it”

His wife shocked me. Was she being serious?

“Tell your husband to leave me alone”

“Mandy, please don’t be like that”

Daddy humbly requested.

“No, daddy. I don’t need these people in my life. This man stole a lot from me, and I will never forgive him for that. As far as I am concerned, I don’t have a father. You are dead to me” click:3 Easy Steps To Get Out Of FriendZone 💏