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Temporary reprieve came by way of her new neighbors.
A sour looking widow and her two pretty daughters, Chinelo and Ify.
Chinelo and Ify were just a couple of years younger than she was.
They’d come to live in
after the old man
died on top of his mistress. Lagos
to run away from
the gossip. Enugu
Mother disapproved of Opeyemi and made no bones about it.
Chinelo adored Opeyemi and she sneaked over whenever mother wasn’t home.
Opeyemi tremendously enjoyed the company of this thoroughbred “aje butter” girl.
Chinelo spent hours trying on Opeyemi’s clothes and regaling her of her exploits in
"You know I like boys" Chinelo would say giggling happily.