It was Jeremy. It seemed they were back from the hospital already.
"Mum wants to see you."
As I moved towards Jeremy, I looked back to see my crew still standing.
"What are you girls doing there? Come on."
Jovita led the way and left Vodka behind in the hall. She was devastated. I could see fear in her eyes the moment she saw Jeremy.
"Vodka, Madam Clara wants to see you too."
Hmm, she couldn't walk well. God help her o.
I met David seated with Madam Clara while she laid on her back.
"Bukky, my child. Come here."
She opened her arms and gave me a hug. I was extremely careful not to weigh too much on her.
"Vodka is here mum."
Her mood changed instantly.
"Vodka, come here!"
She instructed. I stood up so she could see Vodka as she timidly stepped into the flat.
“Pack your stuffs and...”
It would have been over for her – her career and everything – but I stepped in to help.
“Mum, please try and understand the poor girl."
Haha, poor girl? I said that to Vodka and she accepted for the first time. Whoa! Feels so good.
"She was just rather too desperate and ignorant. But she is still human, with feelings. No one is perfect; she did what she thought would have helped her. Mum, you have to understand that fashion is her life; it is her career. Please don't take that away from her."
Madam Clara remained quiet for a while. I could spell surprise on Vodka’s face after I had spoken on her behalf. David simply smiled at me. Jeremy was equally surprised.
"My child, sometimes I think the world is too dangerous for you. You have a big heart, my dear."
She turned to vodka
Without hesitation she hurried off. I insisted on staying with Madam Clara. I had to tell her the truth; I had to tell her everything.
When I was sure that both David and Jeremy had given us some privacy, I opened up to her. I told her about my feelings, about me and David, and how Jeremy got caught up in the mess.
She was quiet all through.
"Bukky, I trust you. Do whatever you want, but bring my boys back together."
A tear fell from my eyes.
"Thank you mum."
I sat with her till she fell asleep
Later, Jeremy asked me why I spoke out for Vodka. Truth be told, I wasn’t through with that devil; there’s no way I would just let her escape like that. I want to let her watch as I reduce her to nothing.
The competition begins within a week. I got my girls together.
"Alright girls, the biggest time of our lives has arrived. Just remember that we are not just models, we are the House of Earl."
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