Part 2

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The alarm beeping on my phone woke me up from my sleep, I fumbled under the covers for it to put it on snooze before closing my eyes for five more minutes. After yesterday's incident, I really didn't feel like going to work, all I wanted to do was stay in bed the whole day.

'Maybe I should call in sick'.....I thought to myself as I snuggled closer to my pillow knowing very well that I had to go. My phone beeped again alerting me that the extra five minutes was up. I threw the covers off me and groggily made my way to the bathroom. Tying my messy hair in a bun, I stripped naked and got into the shower to bath and complete my morning routine.

Ten minutes later, I was dressed in a grey sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and sneakers seated on one of the two barstool at my kitchen island eating cereals. My kitchen was small and so was my one bedroom apartment but it was perfect. It was 7:18am when I checked the time and I had to be at work by 8:30am. Luckily, from where my apartment was to the office was just a 30minutes bus ride but I liked getting to work early. I quickly finished with my breakfast and washed the bowl before grabbing my backpack, my phone and my keys.

Today was a Friday which meant I had to go home for the weekend just as I had been doing for one month now. I let out an audible sigh before stepping out of my apartment to lock the door.

"Ahhh Santa Faye, Faye with an a.y.e." I heard Mr Craig tease a few feet from me just as I pulled out the key out of the lock.

He was a seventy year old man who lived next door to me and he was such a pleasing and jovial man. In the short period of time I had known him, he had become like a father figure for me since I had none, I didn't know who my father was. My mother had gotten pregnant via a sperm donor and had never hidden that truth from me. She believed a woman didn't need a man in her life to make it complete and to prove that she had started her own company from scratch, gotten pregnant and raised me, all on her own.

He was the only man who ever paid me any attention well except for my adopted brother Judo......yeah my mother and my family was pretty messed up.

"Good morning Mr Craig, I see you already up." I said with a smile putting my keys away.

"Yes child, I have a check up at 9 am but I have to meet one of my children first." He replied back before we headed towards the elevator in each other's company.

We chatted more and I laughed my heart out from all the jokes he told till we got out of the elevator and stepped out of the building. He made me forget about things for a while and I was glad for it. We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways with him hailing a taxi and me heading to the bus stop.

It was exactly 8:00 when I alighted from the bus in front of the coffee shop, which was three blocks from where the Adkins building was. There was still more time left so I hurriedly went inside the coffee shop to grab myself a latte before making my way down the street. I joined the people who were making their way into the elevator but soon regretted my decision.

'That's her, the girl who fell yesterday.'.........'she is such a loser, a fat loser'.......'and who has that much freckles on their face and body?" I heard the ladies at the back whispering and snickering among themselves. I closed my eyes for a second tuning them out.

Just before the elevator door could closed, Lauren, Berta and Max from my department rushed in laughing.

They were also newbies like me but treated me like an outsider, well Lauren and Berta did, Max was a little bit friendly to me but the other two were totally b*tches, with a capital B. I made eye contact with Max who stood next to me and he gave me a brief smile before ignoring me. I was hoping beyond anything that he would at least invite me to their Friday nights out in the town.

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