“How do we get real money?”
“I don’t know. Let’s just save as much of it as we can.”
“And do what with what we save?” I sense the irritation in Mamudu’s voice. “Wallahi, it doesn’t make sense!”
“Kai, Mamudu! Must you complain? Abi, is it because I got the job and you didn’t?”
Pause. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that.
“None of the men got the job. Why?”
Not this icy tone again. “I don’t know. We weren’t told much at the Company today.”
“What WERE you told then?”
“Where to change, when to eat, where not to go. Nothing that would be of interest to you.” The full gist would have been sweet, but this man is only going to get brief responses from me with this his sour attitude.
“When to eat?”
“Yes. I had lunch and dinner at work.” Of course, it’s food that would interest him. He’ll be so jealous. Haha! “We couldn’t take any food outside the cafeteria.” Before he asks why I didn’t bring him any.
“Do you know when the men will start?”
Time to get some sleep. I’m sick of this conversation. If it can even be called one. I get up and head in the direction of the bedroom, but Mamudu still wants to talk.
“Why did you do it?”
“Do what? Mamudu, I want to sleep please.”
“What did you tell Nisa?”
My heart skips a beat. This is bad. Very very very bad. How do I turn around to face him?
“Look at me Mariam. Look at me!” The sheer power of his voice forces me to turn around.
Standing up. “You turned me into a laughing stock. You’ve branded me a weakling. Did you ever wonder why I stopped going out? They all know!”