As he pulls himself from underneath the warmth of his blanket & bed to the chilling freezing temperatures of January, Sam mumbles to himself in a very low tone, so that his other roommates don’t hear him ‘Why January all such harsh coldness have some mercy on me! Isn’t it enough with all that’s wrong with my life?’
He usually wears something like three jackets, two pants, three pairs of socks, and shawl around his head, down to his neck to protect him from freezing during the night. He shares the apartment with three other young men, each with a different tale of hardship & misfortunes! When they finish their daily battles during the day & return to their tiny sanctuary, they figure out that it’s indeed a little piece of heaven! Each does a certain chore, one cooks, another tidies the room, two might do the laundry, the best part is that two of them know how to sing while the third plays multiple instruments, that’s how they entertain themselves beside reading & other things during the evenings, they have become during their short time together more than a family, & a very rare bond formed between the four of them, in a way they have become the (3 Musketeers+1), & the four of them only have one another.
Sam was battling with paying the rent all by himself with the wage he was receiving, the tiny apartment was rather empty & the three guys who had good taste & some cash did furniture it, & it can finally be referred to as ‘Home!’
How they found each other is another tale! One night after finishing work Sam took a short cut to his way back, in an alley (Todd, Evan & Mathew) were caught in a big fight with some other guys, it was clear they were the victims as the other group took Todd’s bag with all his valuable belongings, & they were begging them to give them back the bag with everything else in return for some money! When all that failed a fight broke & here he’s; fighting for complete strangers!
After the fight & a brotherly introduction between the four of them he found out that they were new to the city & are actually looking for a place to stay!
He brought himself back from his flashback to reality & realized that it’s another long day of hard labour, he asked himself to be grateful to be healthy, that the lord has given him another day, another morning, to cheer up, make the best out of it & go give him(the lord) your best.
He went to the kitchen, from the door he can smell fresh coffee filling the air, something has been fried/toasted, someone had prepared the breakfast, thankfully he took an egg sandwich, then took some toasted bread, spread some butter & jam, poured a cup of coffee, its warmth ran from the cup to his entire existence, he then had a quick breakfast & went out to the much colder city air unlike their warm tiny apartment, to the hard long day awaiting him.
Samantha got up & sat in her king size bed; she loves keeping herself warm, she spent her night under a quilt cover & a duvet, she’s anti cold, & had been planning to donate her salary this month to buy blankets for the homeless. Today she’s feeling happy & excited, she went to the balcony for some fresh air, Randolph was up & taking care of the garden, he caught sight of her, smiled & waved to her, she waved back to him, then heard knocks on the door, the kind assuring voice of Magdalena penetrated through the door/walls, carried away via the room till it reached her in the balcony ‘Sam, are you still in bed?!’
‘No, come in.’
She came in & gave her a hug, she was raised by her & her grandmother after her mother ran away with her new boyfriend, her dad couldn’t stand the betrayal & died in his study from heart attack.
Magdalena is married to Randolph, she’s her nanny & also like the house workers supervisor.
‘Mama, did she get up?’ Samantha asked her, that’s what she calls her granny
‘She never sleeps, giving orders everywhere like an army general!’ Magdalena said
‘Give me five minutes & will come have breakfast with her.’
She took a shower, did a quick makeup, wore her cloth & went to join her grandmother, she sat at the head of the table like a queen & her entire face lit up once she saw her granddaughter.
‘My little baby!’ She said warmly
Sam kissed her on the check & gave her a tight hug saying ‘Going somewhere? Why did you wake up so early?’
Her grandmother looked at her, didn’t answer her & instead said ‘Something is glowing in your eyes, is there something you want to share with me?’
Sam laughed & did exactly like her grand mom ‘When will Emma stop cooking all those unhealthy meals?!’Pointing to the breakfast table filled with all sorts of food (Carbohydrates, fat & sugar)
She made a sandwich, took few bites & had a glass of orange juice, then stood up waving to her & went off to her work.
She drove to work & got off of the car slamming the door, stood there & looked at the cafe she works in, who’d have thought she’d be here! She’s working in a big firm, earning large sums of money, dressed like models, then she had the worst breakup with the manager who’s also her boyfriend because she found out that he’s cheating her with her best friend, of all the women on earth he had chosen her best friend! They must have had their biggest laugh at her when they went to bed together that she’s the moron of the century!
She left the company, she wanted to heal her wounded bleeding heart & soul, & came to work in this cafe which belonged to one of her best friends, after few months she became a partner, not just an employee! She got visions & other plans for the cafe & she plans to make it more famous than (Starbucks)!
More than a year & there’s still pain, shock, hurt, & disbelieve, the pain isn’t as fierce as when she had found out, months after the incident she watched ‘In Her Shoes’ thought to herself thank God I don’t have a sister & he wasn’t cheating me with her!
Sam went to the cafe, greeted other staff & her friend, then like other staff she went & wore the uniform to begin her hard sweet lovely working day with no cheating males bosses/boyfriends & female best friends!
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