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Light Through My Tunnel

Author : Lebogang Eunice Mashiane

Genre :   Fiction

Description :  Light Through My TunnelThatoJackson: Thato I won't rest until you give me what's mine!!Thato: As I stated I don't, (I let out loud sigh trying to calm my self down. I was ready for what awaits me ever since I shouted at him) I don't have your money. can you at least give me this week? I promise you I will give you your belongings.Jackson: I won't come back here and return with empty-handed.Do what you gotta do after all you are a womanThato: I am trying okay!!Jackson: You are shouting at me againThato: ( He was so calm at least I don't receive bunches on my face) I am sorry, I am having hard times. Umh can, erh can you please give me a fix for me to survive for tonight. Man I won't make it, I am really in need of oneJackson: No you can't even repay me yet you still making another debts. I can't help you!!Thato: Man I pled, I won't surviveJackson: I told you to take my offer, you would've been filthy by nowThato: I won't sell my self for your drugsJackson: You contract is about to terminate, I won't keep you here anymore, so if you are struggling to get a fix, how are you going to survive for the next 3 days onwardsThato: Umh bruh you know like we can do...Jackson: Ooh wait to stop right there, it's not about us, it's about you being homeless. I won't make any favors afterall I gave you a solution for us to make money. when I return back I want to see all of my money or else...Thato: I will make a means to gather your billsJackson: Tick tick that's your watch, your days in here are numbered if you don't have my money by tomorrow morning ensure that you vacate before I find you because it will be a death of youThato: Jackson man we used to be buddies, why are you being so hard on me?Jackson: I used to just before I realize of who you truly are, you are money sucker so ever since you are capable why is it hard for you to repay meThato: I...IJackson: Now you can't even talk. Let me get out of here before I do something I will regret laterThato: So are you going to give me that fixJackson: You see I have it, but for me to give it to you I will rather do thisHe took out the drugs and pour them on the ground and ensure that they are mixed together with the soil.Thato: Ooh no man how could you!!Jackson: Goodbye little bitch till we meet againI stood there staring at him defeatedLet's talk about life. They all used to say ain't a walk in a park but I never understood what was meant until I had to face life after matrix. I used to be my mother's dearest. I was favored through all the siblings. It is all because my mother believed that I had a brighter future ever since my sisters became dropouts at their lowest class. So for her to see me surviving until matric it gave her courage that I am different. It has been that way until I failed my matric. She would do so many sacrifices and as for me, I enjoyed the benefits. allow me to say failing a matrix becomes a humiliation to me. They all spit on face telling me how useless I am. I thought I could stand that until they start to starve me. I wasn't allowed to touch food. All I do was to work my ass out serving the whole family. Doing all the chores in the house all by my self. One of the good days I got a job offer. Everybody was excited for me. It also took me by surprise. People who turned my life to a living hell suddenly cherished the moments with me. Well, unfortunately, the job was a scam. They scammed me all my money in my pocket. That's how I became homeless. I couldn't go home after they shit my family put me through. I couldn't afford to be told that I took their last cash to spend it on my self. So I choose the street over my home. I was rescued by Jackson from the street. He offered me a place to stay while I hustle to get money to pay my rent. Then my side hustle introduced me to drugs. I became an addict to them to a point that I couldn't trade them anymore. Every time I see them I am in need of fix so I ended up chewing the stock. I got fired to my work and the stock that I consumed is regarded as debt. The debt that I have been paying for the whole of my life. I have already seen the worst and I still believe that life has a lot for me. My name is Thato Ratshidi, ride along with me to know what life has for me.PatrickMother: I prepared a lunchbox for you ever since you took forever while bathing. I won't force you to have your breakfast ever since you are late. We don't want to lose another clientPatrick: That wasn't necessary mother, I am still full, where is my father?Father: This sideMother: He's having his breakfast, don't forget your lunchboxPatrick: Mother you been feeding me with lunchbox since primary, will I ever breathe? I will order some coffee before I start with my routineMother: I will ask Emily to deliver it for youPatrick: Do not overwork other people, I got it, I will manageFather: You are going hard on your mother she's just helpingMother: He can't even see thatPatrick: Says someone who's been forced for a breakfastFather: Patrick!!Mother: Are you both talking about me behind my back, is there anything wrong with my foods?Father: They are Divining my love, let me ride along with Patrick, enjoy your dayMother: It seems like you are running away, Patrick wait!! You forgetting your lunchboxPatrick: Yeah sure, enjoy your day motherMother: Have a fruitful day both of you, I love youPatrick: You choose a type of womanFather: Tell me about herAs they say, a small family is filled with happiness and happiness is the first priority. I am from one happy family. It has always been the three of us. After I was born my mother had difficulties so she was unable to carry a baby on her womb for a long period of time. My parents tried several times but there was no success until they realize that this whole thing destroys their peace then they quit. I can't say I am from a rich family but we are able to survive with the income we get. I own a repair business around town.The business is running smoothly as my stuff are capable and they know their work. We repair cars and broken devices or one can say everything. I am not one those guys who will be found all dirty with oils and all that stuff. I work in my office doing some paper works.Of cause I took a ride but my stop was at the family restaurant for my coffee. It will be a conflict between me and my mother if I don't collect it. I found Emily. She seemed to be waiting ready for me, I believe the message was sent to her.Emily: Hey Patrick your coffeePatrick: Thank you for making this easyEmily: I can get fired for keeping you waitingPatrick: Get out of hereEmily: You know your motherPatrick: Here is your bill and keep the changeEmily: Thank you so muchPatrick: All the timeI said that as I tuck my wallet to the pocket, I carried my coffee heading back to the car, I was focused on the coffee to the point that I didn't' watch my way. I got a wake-up call when I bump into a lady.Thato: Watch your way!!Patrick: I am truly sorry, did I burn you with my coffee?Thato: Get your hands off me you bustard!!Patrick: (She said that hitting my hands, yes I was having my hands on her top tracing the potion were there's a spot of my coffee) I am sorryShe looked at me in the eyes then suddenly I could see a fear through her then she ran away disappearing. I exhaled as I throw an empty cup to the dustbin. I should get another coffee. I returned back to the restaurant. I got served but to my surprise. My wallet is missing.Patrick: Fuck!! This can't be!!!

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