“There is something i want us to discuss” I said to Max that same night.
We were on bed and had just finished a hot round of Sex.
“What is it baby?” He had asked.
“I found a Job in a restaurant in Castel Volturno. I want to move up there so that i won’t have to be spending a lot of money on transportation everyday”.
Max kept quiet for more than two minutes.
I didn’t want to say more, i had made my points very clear.
He knew he didn’t own me.
“Why did you start looking for work without telling me?” He asked.
“Max, i am telling you now. You know i can’t just be staying home everyday. I plan to rent a one bedroom apartment up there in Castel. I will be visiting you every weekend and you can also come to me any time you want” I said.
I saw him nodding and that was a good sign.
I had just told him that he could come whenever he wanted. Men loved such promises from girls.
However, what he didn’t know yet was the kind of work i had found in Castel Volturno. He would be disappointed when he finds out that i was going to become a run girl but it would be late by then. I would have been in my own place by then and there was nothing he could do about it.
“When are you going to start work?” He had asked.
“I had been cleared to start but i want to get an apartment first” I said.
He promised to help me find an apartment the following day.
That was good because he knew the people who would rent the place with their names.
Apartments were readily available because it was getting to Summer period and most people who ran away from the Cold in the North of Italy, France and Switzerland, had started moving back up there. As a result, many apartments were being freed and were cheaper than what it was in the winter.
The following day, Max and I set out for Castel Volturno to look for an apartment. We had called Melissa and asked her to meet us in the city Center.
There were offices of agents that did the renting businesses.
We entered the first one and told the man sitting behind the desk that we wanted a two bedroom apartment.
For some reasons, i had decided to find a two bedroom apartment. I wasn’t going to live alone, i needed a partner.
Since Melissa lived in a slum part of town, i intended to give her one room and ask her to pay the same amount she paid in her one room in the slum.
I was sure she would grab that proposal with both hands.
“We have 2-bedroom apartments in five places” The man said as he gave us the locations.
Naturally, one of them was closer to the Uncle’s restaurant, just about five minutes walk. I decided to chose that one.
We all drove to the apartment for inspection. It was what we expected, very neat and despite being an old structure, it was recently renovated and repainted.
The man said the price was 450 Euros.
Melissa paid 150 Euros in the one room she lived in The slum.
The Italian Rogue agent had asked whose name the house would be rented and Max stood in for us.
We paid 900 Euros for two months according to the Italian housing laws.
After payment, we picked the Keys and returned to the House.
Melissa had thought that Max and I were relocating from Napoli to Castel Volturno until i told her that the room belonged to her if she would pay the same amount she was paying in the slum.
She jumped all over me with Joy.
Who wouldn’t do that?
She was finally going to leave the slum where she had lost half of the money she made in Italy to hoodlums who usually ambushed the girls, beat them up and take their money in the middle of the night.
There was no need to wait for anything. We drove to the slum and picked up Melissa’s belongings.
The new apartment had the basic things needed to live comfortably in a new place; one bed in each room, an Electric Gas Cooker and a Large Standing Fridge.
We just needed to buy a Television and a DVD to be able to watch the Nigerian Movies which had started to arrive in Italy in quantum.
After dropping Melissa’s properties, we went out and bought a large TV in the second hand Market. We bought a DVD and cooking pots, knives, spoons, cups and every other small thing we needed.
Then we bought food items and carried them to the house.
While Melissa stayed back in the apartment, i followed Max back to Napoli to pick up my things.
He said he was tired and couldnt drive to Castel again that evening.
As a result, i slept with him in Napoli until the next morning.
By 11am, i had settled fully in the new apartment. Melissa had already cooked rice before i got there that morning.
She wasn’t even thinking about work anymore, she was busy absorbing the fresh air she had managed to get for herself at last.
After eating, Max left.
Melissa went into her room and brought out 200 Euros. She said she wanted to pay for two months since i paid for two months. She said she would give me another 100 Euros in a few days but i took the 200 and asked her not to pay the rest.
After every expenses i made, i was left with just, 600 Euros including the 200 Euros Melissa gave me. It was still more than enough for me since i was no longer paying Madam Philo.
I was also going to start making money at the Uncle’s restaurant.
It was after settling down in the new apartment, that i began to grasp the full meaning of freedom.
I was no longer going to be woken every early in the morning to wash one thing, sweep the other, cook another thing or go to Domitiana highway to hunt for men.
I was going to teach myself how to become lazy in the coming few days.
I would sleep until whenever i wanted to wake up. I would eat whatever i wanted to eat.
I would drink whatever drink i wanted and i would bring in any man i wanted into the apartment without being scared of anybody or anything.
But before i could swallow the big joy, i recalled that the following day was supposed to be our payment day in Venice.
“When you think its Peace and Safety, a sudden destruction………..”
Rat Race – Bob Marley.
This marks the end of this Season.
The next Season “Africa To Europe Season 2 starts here
— THE PROSTITUTE’S BIBLE