What Now?

The life of Aniyah Simmons is an unfortunate one, but when her idol turns up out of nowhere and she gets offered a place in the school of her dreams, will she get there? Or will her controlling father ruin her chances to get somewhere in life?


2. Sneaking...

At this point I was extremely thankful for dad's lack of mowing our lawn and driveway, our grass is all overgrown, all over the driveway, which in itself is 2km long. I've had a lot of experiences like this, so naturally I know all the shortcuts, but some of them pass straight over the road, so for now, I would just have to look out for dad's Ute, which is quite easy, considering how damn loud it is! Maya and I quietly creep our way back to the household of hell, desperately hoping that Adeline, my 15 year old sister, was at home making dinner with Ma, that Anna-Marie, my 17 year old sister, was also at home, babysitting my 3 year old sister, Jane-Elle. With any luck, Jane-Elle would be out back, following dad's golden rule, 'Snotty nosed brats should be seen and not heard.' If they were all doing what dad thinks we should all do, then hopefully I could slip in, with a handful of beans and cumquats and tell dad that was where I had been. The thing with him never being sober when he got home was that he would never be thinking straight, so he might be super violent, but we all learnt to stay out of his way, and he'd never notice if we weren't acting how he thought the people he 'owned' were s'posed to act.

I passed the cumquat trees on my way through a shortcut, I grabbed the bucket I had thrown a bunch of fruit into on my way to school this morning and tied it to the rope around Maya's neck, being careful to tie a double knot so that it won't fall down and choke Maya. I passed the dwarf bean plant next, sliding my hand quickly along the spiky green leaves, I knew that I'd get a few cuts, but it was better than being whipped with that black leather belt, the metallic glimmer those spikes gave off was enough to send shivers down anyone's spine! My bucket was soon full, the round, flame coloured fruits made a terrific contrast against the long lime green and lilac speckled beans.

We slipped to the dog yard and I untied the rope to let Maya run around, as I backed slowly out of the yard with the dirty piece of rope in hand I locked the gate, being careful not to make any noise with the rusty old link.

"She's just picking the beans and cumquats, Steve. I'm sure she'll be in here soon." I could hear Ma desperately pleading with dad about where I was, my pace quickened, because as much as I hate the belt, if Ma got it for me, I'd never be able to forgive myself.

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