I woke suddenly. I was all crouched over. I opened my eyes and tried to stretch out of my uncomfortable ball. My body ached. Everything cracked and hurt as I moved it. I really regretted not walking to kitanda the night before. I attempted to get up, but my head spun, I pulled myself back onto the kitanda and sat for a moment. This time I got up slowly. I looked at the clock, 9:30 am! Oh shit! I had half an saa before Gemma was coming to pick me up! I ran to the stairs holding my head tightly with my hands. I ran swiftly up to the shower, stripped quickly and that the shortest kuoga possible. I got dressed and rapidly dried and brushed my hair. I darted into my room searched for a handbag to put my mfuko wa fedha, mfuko in. I found one, grabbed my mfuko wa fedha, mfuko and cell phone threw them into it. I put on some shoes that I hardly ever wore. I sprinted down the stairs, into the kitchen, I scoffed down a muesli bar and swigged some machungwa, chungwa juisi from the bottle. I tripped to the drug draw and found some pain killers, I swallowed them with a glass of water.
It was ten to ten, mum was still asleep I really had no idea how I didn’t wake her up with all my rushing. I found some paper and a pen kwa the phone and wrote: Sorry to do this mum. I woke up late I’m at the mall with Gemma. She picked me up at 10:00! Call me if wewe need to. Really sorry, upendo Bella XX
It was five dakika before ten. I walked to the front door and grabbed a small kanzu, koti off the kanzu, koti rack just in case. I waited for about a dakika before I heard the car pull up. She was right on time. I looked around, trying to think if I’d forgotten anything. Oh well too late now. I took a deep breath, my moyo pounding. I opened the front door and ran to Gemma’s car. I got in. Happy to finally sit down.
“Hey Gem” I exhaled, moyo still hammering.
“Hey Bell, am I too early?” She asked, concerned.
“Nah, you’re right, I just sleep in” I breathed.
“Oh okay, I’m so excited, I’ve been saving and so far I have $1,800!” She smiled.
“You’re not spending it all today are you?” I questioned, that was a hell of a lot of money for an outfit.
“Oh, nah! It’s for my car” Gemma laughed.
“I’m so sick of having to borrow Tiff’s old one” She looked around. Tiffany was Gemma’s older sister, they didn’t fight much, not like most siblings did. Tiffany liked the big sister role. I guess it made me kind of jealous I’d always wanted an older sister au a younger sister au even brothers, just someone else. I upendo my parents, but I always wanted more.
“I can’t wait! My own car! You’re so lucky Bella that you’re mum and Phil bought you, your own car” She said. I guess we were all lucky in different ways.
“So what kind of dress do wewe want?” I asked, making conversation.
“Um no idea, we’ll find something” she grinned.
“You buying anything?” Gemma questioned.
“I don’t have anything in mind, if I find something I guess” I explained.
“Cool, how much money wewe got?” She asked.
“About $160” I replied.
“Sweet” Gemma laughed.
The rest of the ride went kind of quick. We talked about what ever came to mind. Chatting about school, Erin and Nicole, TV shows the weather etc.
Gemma was parking the car and all of a sudden a quite fancy vehicle speed past.
“Oh, shit!” Gemma looked worried.
“What?” I asked uneasily.
“Mia Kelly!” Gemma alisema slowly through her teeth.
“Why today?” I asked us both.
“It’s Saturday! Everyone’s at the mall!” Gemma looked at her feet. She parked slowly.
“Come on let’s have some fun” I laughed.
“Hell yes!” Gemma laughed back.