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This is the second episode of my short story, Rising hope. You can read up the first episode here in order to follow the story.
At the crack of dawn, Doris woke up and started packing her things. She could not sleep all through the night as she tossed about, waiting for the break of dawn. She swept and arranged the house, prepared breakfast and woke her mother up.
"Mum, it's day break", she said as she tapped her mother's legs gently.
"Oh! I overslept, what time is it?", Rosemary asked her daughter, wiping her eyes with the back of her palm.
"It's past seven already", Doris said.
Rosemary got up and looked round.
"You have already prepared breakfast. Ha! That's why I love you so much. I will really miss you, Dodoh", the mother said, her words conveying so much love.
"Don't worry you will be fine. I will attend school, get a good job and take good care of you, mum", Doris said to her mother.
Rosemary stood up and took some toiletries to the bathroom outside. The house consisted of 20 rooms facing each other, a corridor in between them. The toilet and bathroom was situated at a reasonable distance.
She hastily cleaned up and went back inside. Doris served some food for her and she ate hers also.
"Mum, very soon we will move from this place", Doris said, beaming with smiles.
"I really pray so, my daughter. I am tired of this way of life, feeding from hand to mouth. I tried contacting your father that you gained admission into the university but..... but... he said it's none of his business", Rosemary said, crying.
Doris rose up and sat beside her mother, comforting her.
"I have told you to stop disturbing yourself over that man. Even in school, I will find things to do that will fetch me money, oh?", she said, peering into her mother's face who could not help but laugh.
"I've heard you", Rosemary said.
They finished eating and carry the items to the park where they boarded a vehicle to the school.
Doris was excited. She watched the other students moving around, soon, she will be like them; attending classes and making friends, she thought to herself.
Rosemary looked around but was seeing everything in different light. Some of the students were skimpily dressed, some looking like gangsters, they may corrupt her daughter. If only she could stay here with Doris, at least to keep her eyes on her.
She continued in this line of thought as they both walked into the female hostel.
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