Women of Color and The Lives They Lead consist of three short stories. "Cinderita In The Hood" a
fantasy, "Is This What You Call Life?" inspirational and "Monique" a mystery. Also includes a poem titled "Something's Missing".
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In "Cinderita In The Hood", Rita is a young girl who has forever been dreaming of a man that she calls
Prince Charmen. But before she lives happily ever after, she must face many challenges.
"Is This What You Call Life", chronicles the exploits of Sanerria Johnson, a high school girl who thinks that life is a game. All she wants to do is go to school and play around with the boys. She soon discovers
however, the consequences of all her games. Will she ever learn her lesson, or will she continue to play games?
"Monique" the title character is an interior decorator who is engaged to get married in about two months to a truck driver named Desmond Howell. One day before going to work, she called him but didn't get an answer. This bothered
Monique because he was very conscientious about making sure that she could reach him at all times, even when he was on the road. A very troubled Monique went on to work. She had no idea that while she was waiting on her 8:00 appointment, a stranger who would give her some very interesting advice would vist her.
Cinderita In the Hood
I sit by my window and as I look to the skies, oh what a beautiful sight. I
imagine as I sit on this third floor, out to the east I see, I see Prince Charmen
coming for my rescue. Oh he is tall, black, and handsome with nice hair, and big beautiful
brown eyes. Rather sexy I would say the least. Oh and what is that in his hands? Eleven red
roses and one yellow one just for me. Don't forget his clothes. He is dressed in a black tux,
with a gray tux style shirt with gray buttons. His face is trimmed all around even with a light
beard and mustache tailored along his sideburns. Oh is this Mr. Right or what!
I tell you the truth. I have been dreaming this same dream from the time I was twelve, and now
I'm sixteen. That's how long I lived here in this jailhouse with my step-mother Idressa and her
six kids. My daddy moved out again around the time that I was twelve. He moves in and moves
out whenever he feels like it. I don't really know what my daddy ever saw in Idressa. His name
is Charles. I remember the days I use to sit on his lap and play "get-e-up horsy". I remember
picnics in the park with him. I remember going to school and the kids picking at me, saying my
dad must be my great-granddad. They were looking at his gray hair and teasing me about it. So
one day I came home and asked my dad if he would use one of my black crayons and color his
hair black so that the kids wouldn't pick at me anymore. He did change the color but not until
My real mother's name is Priscilla. I don't know where she is. Probably the old witch Idressa put
a spell on her and ran her off. Well, let me tell you about myself. I am sixteen years old. I am
very mature for my age. Idressa tries to keep me hidden. That is when she is sober, which is not
very often. But I guess she is afraid that my dream might come true one day and her three
witchy daughters might not have a chance.
Is This What You Call Life?
I was just turning fourteen, I remember asking my mother if I could take company. My sister
Mia pushed me up to ask her. Mia knew whatever answer I received from my mother would be
the same answer she would get. Mia was a year younger than I was. Boldly, I asked and my
mother told me I couldn't take company until I was seventeen, my reply was that Shenna, which
is my first cousin was taking company when she was fourteen, my mother said, "You're not
Shenna." Well, I guess she thought that settled that, she just didn't know my sister and I like she
thought she did.
Monique and Desmond were engaged now for about six months. Monique was busy
planning the wedding and trying to run her own business as an Interior Decorator. Desmond's
job required him to travel all over the world making deliveries. He always made sure wherever
he was Monique would have no problem contacting him. This particular morning before going
off to work Monique called him but did not get an answer. Repeatedly she phoned until she just
had to leave for work. Monique knew she had never had a problem before trying to reach
Desmond and she wondered what was wrong.
Putting the idea in the back of her mind she resumed to her regular schedule. Her first
appointment would soon be at the shop. As Monique unlocked the door a mysterious older
woman entered. The woman asked Monique's rates on decorating her home. She described in
details what she wanted and gave all the measurements as Monique sat at her desk taking notes.
Before Monique could give this strange woman a quote, the stranger took a long stare at
Monique and said, "Dear, what's troubling you?" Monique began to tell the strange woman of
her phone call this morning to her fiancé and how she always was able to reach him.
The woman confessed to Monique and replied, "Honey, I didn't come to get quotes on my house.
I came to relieve your worrying mind." Monique was appalled at the words she heard from this
strange woman. Then the woman continued, "I must let you know that your fiancé will not be
coming back." Quickly the fear left Monique and she was now filled with anger, she stood up
and asked the woman what kind of joke was she trying to pull. The strange woman then replied,
"Don't be worried to much dear, he is just fine, but he will not be back. He has relocated
to Virginia, and he is safe. He will contact you and explain everything.
Be careful in years to come, there is someone coming into your life that will cause you much
fear and pain. This person will come in the name of love, but what this person brings is short
from the love we know to be true love." As the strange woman began to walk out of the door she
said, "Be careful my dear." Tears began to roll down Monique's face as if a dam had
broken. Wondering if all these things this woman had told her were true. What had she done to
cause Desmond to just go away and not contact her?