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Introduction: Three

She walks down the road with nothing except the small school bag in her back. She look back to the house she has been calling her home that was set on fire but managed to escape by the mercy of God. She wipe tears with her hand while talking to herself…

‘What did I say to you Amanda? What did I say to you about always crying? Don’t you get tired of watering your yellow chicks with salty water? Stop crying. Just stop being pathetic and childish .It was just a house. It nothing compared to the life you had been living before. So stop crying.’

Immediately she stop crying and continue walking while a white van stops next to her…

“Lady are you okay?”

She continue walking without replying. The van move to her again.

“Lady...”

“Leave me alone…”

“The sun is setting. Where are you going?”

“Don’t you get it? Leave me alone.”

“Come inside I will drop you wherever you’re going”

“Okay”

She climb inside without arguing anymore.

“So where to?”

“I don’t know where I was going. I climbed here so that you will stop irritating me”

“Where is your home?”

“You see back there to the smoke?” She says pointing back

“Yes”

“That was my house. The loan shark tried to burn it with me inside because I couldn’t pay his money back…” She says laughing.

“Then why laugh?”

“Why should I cry? He tried to kill me but instead it him who died. Know what? Just drive.”

The gentleman ask nor said anything further except driving straight to his 

house which is another village from where he picked Amanda. Upon arrival he tells Amanda to come with him inside.

“What is this village called?” she ask.

“Eclipse village…”

“Who rules here?”

“King Vusi.”

“Okay”

They walk to the house and the gentleman prepares a bath for Amanda who looks like she really needs it. Upon finishing they sit together in silence eating. The gentleman opens a wine and starts pouring in their glasses. Soon he pours again and again and again until they find themselves talking and laughing so loud….

“You are lying Amanda…”

Amanda is holding her stomach crying and laughing at the same time.

“I am serious dude. I am royalty. The homeless royalty. Ever heard of something like that? I should write a book about my life you know.”

“Your father is the great Mthethwa King of Blueprint village…?”

“The bastard that didn’t want me...”

They laugh again. Amanda has asked this gentleman who has introduced himself as Dave to not pity her but laugh with her to her painful story she was about to share. In respect to her wishes he laughs to everything she says even though it not funny.

“Amanda…” he calls her

“Yes…”

“He is dead…”

“Who?”

“Your father…”

“When...?”

“He was buried last week…”

“The bastard died before I killed him?”

She laughs again. This time alone. Dave just watches her with eyes fully of pity. He knows what she asked but Amanda’s story keep getting worse and worse that he can’t laugh anymore.

“Why are you not laughing? Why? Laugh with me…Laugh dammit!!!” She commands with tears in her eyes.

“Amanda this is not funny. You have been through a lot”

“So what? We should cry? Do you know how much I have been crying in my life? Tears has been my daily bread. My father didn’t want me. My mother prostituted me as soon as I hit 12 years so that there could be food in our table. At 17 I had a boyfriend who took me away to save me only to abuse me at last and called me useless his object his toy. Then I have to live in the streets by begging until I managed to secure a home and then when I finally build one the loan shark refused to wait for my paying day and burn my home 

I build with sweat and tears. And you come here and tell me to cry for a bastard who didn’t want me. A bastard who told my mother to abort me when he heard about me. A bastard who was happy to have pleasure with my mother but failed to face the consequences of his pleasure. My life is like this because of his decision. I have suffered because he failed to man up and do right as a man…”

This time she stop laughing and cry while Dave moves close to her and take her to his chest where she sobs painful while watering his chest. 

“If he can’t pay

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the loan shark refused to wait for my paying day and burn my home 

I build with sweat and tears. And you come here and tell me to cry for a bastard who didn’t want me. A bastard who told my mother to abort me when he heard about me. A bastard who was happy to have pleasure with my mother but failed to face the consequences of his pleasure. My life is like this because of his decision. I have suffered because he failed to man up and do right as a man…”

This time she stop laughing and cry while Dave moves close to her and take her to his chest where she sobs painful while watering his chest. 

“If he can’t pay her precious children will pay for his sins…”

“Revenge is not the way Amanda…”

“They will pay…”

She repeats that again and again. They open another bottle and continue drinking…

“So you have heard about me tell me something big about you too…”

“I know a secret about the king of this village that could destroy him…”

“What are you saying? Spill the beans man…”

The wine is now talking between these two.

“He killed his father to have that throne seat…Talk about crown crushes”

“What? How messed up is this world we live in…”

“So I’m blackmailing him with this secret to do everything I want…”

“You lie…”

“I’m telling you king Vusi is in my pocket. He does everything I want.”

“Yoh! Chesa wena!”

They high fived and continue drinking while watching a movie in that big screen of a television. There is a movie playing titled ‘The Poisonous Python’ 

it a big snake that kills anyone who tries to touch it or get in its way. It hates losing. Its loves power and revenge is it medicine.

“I like this movie…” She says laughing.

“It’s creepy Amanda.”

“Life is creepy Dave…”

The gentleman then tries to move closer to Amanda. He moves his hand in her thighs. Amanda watches without saying anything. He rips her top apart and his hand moves to her breasts. Amanda watches again. When he tries to get on top of her she picks a steak knife put it straight to his chest…

“Dave weren’t you watching the poisonous Python movie too? Didn’t you see it kills everything that touches it? I just told you all the trauma I went through instead of respecting me as a woman you think you will take advantage of me…?”

She toss his bleeding dead body aside and walk around this man house.

“Welcome to your new home Mam’ Python! Oh I love this name already. Welcome home poisonous reptile without legs. Now get rid of that trash and think what you will wear when you visit king Vusi to tell him he is now your new puppet...”

She say laughing drinking the wine from it bottle.


My Name is Amanda Sithole the bastard child of the late King Mthethwa of Blueprint village and this is my story...

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