Author: Dikeledi Charity

Buried deep within

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●BURRIED DEEP WITHIN●



FENTSE 

I'm 16 and I feel like I'm way behind with my life comparing to that of my peers...What I want to do at the moment is find a job even if I'm a nanny I won't mind as long as I'm far a way from this place..

I have been on the phone for more than an hour trying to explain to Tom about what had been happening to me

Tom: tell me where your father is when all this are happening?

Me:That one is just a vegetable..he sits and watch the her beat me up and make me do everything in the house.he only consoles me when she is not watching..my father used to be over protective of me but since mom died it's a different story..im even starting to believe that she is using muti on him.

Tom: So what have you been thinking?

Me: I need a job..please help me look..and a place to stay.

Tom: we can make a deal.i give you a job as my house keeper but you have to go to school white at that.

Me: wow really? You would do that?

Tom: Yes I will do that..

Me: So when can I come?

Tom: You are already behind with your school work but I can work something out..or you will stay home the rest of this year then start school next year 

Me: Please anything is okay with me.

Tom: When do you want to come?

Me: As soon as tonight..i want to sneak out when they are sleeping.

Tom: Okay I will drive there.Meet me at the river by the side of your village at 20:00

Me: Better it will still be early so I won't fear.

Tom: I will call you.

Me: Okay thank you.

He hanged up..maybe we met for a reason.maybe we met so that he can rescue me from all this..

Liyema: What is that on your hand..

I knew I'm in deep trouble because she doesn't know I have a phone and she is so going to take it from me.

I stoop up and ran to my room while switching it off.i hid it where I usually do then went back outside.

Liyema: What was that you took to your room you bastard child?

Me: nothing ma

Liyema: I saw you.

She walked up to my room and searched all over until she found the phone.i was at the corner of the room so she found the opportunity to lock the door.

There was a belt on the bed so she took it and started hitting me.

I don't want to lie it was painful because she was hitting me on the metal side of the belt..

Me: aunty I'm sorry.

She kept hitting me until I couldn't protect myself anymore.i was down on the floor taking in every stroke..

When she was satisfied she unlocked the door and left with my phone.Cant my life get any better? How will I communicate with Tom? But I hope he sticks to the time we agreed on.

I fell asleep with all the pains on my body.i was woken up by dad.i flinched when he touched me trying to shake me to wake up.

Me: Ouch 

Dad: what's wrong.

The light was in which means it was late.

Me: What time is it? I need to fetch water so I can bath.

Dad: It's almost 9pm

Me: What?

I panicked.

Me: I slept for that long?

Dad: I came to check on you because you didn't eat with us tonight.

Me: I'm okay dad..Go to bed before your wife comes here 

Dad: She is sleeping..What happened?

Me:She hit me with the metal side of the belt.Im okay dad don't worry..just go to bed.

Dad: I love you.

Me: I love you too daddy..always know that.

I kissed him at the cheek and he left..i took the bag and ran as fast as my painful body could carry me.i was somehow scared that Tom might have left since it's past our agreed time..When I got to the river his car was about to leave.

Tom: You are late

Me: I fell asleep.

Tom: Okay 

I got in and he drove off..We were all quiet in the car up until we got to his house..It was just a 1hour 30minutes drive

His house was big and beautiful..I didn't know that Tom was rich.

Tom: Welcome to my place.. Come let me show you your room.Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the house.And please feel at home..

Me: Okay.I want to bath 

Tom: Okay


TOM

I left her in the guest room to go and fetch her towels and cosmetic..

When I went back she had her shirt off and her back was facing me.What I saw made my skin crawl.She had marks like she was beaten 

Me: What is that?

She turned to me covering her small breasts..i threw the towel at her and she covers herself.

Fentse: What is what?

Me: Those marks..oh my God they are all over your body.What happened?

Fentse: My step mother beat me up when she found out I had a phone earlier today.

Me: Jesus Fentse i didnt know it was this bad.Look at your body.Come I'm taking you to the doctor.You might be hurt internally.

Fentse: I'm okay

Me: I'm not taking no for an answer.Get dressed and find me outside in the car

I didn't even give her a chance to answer me.

I was so angry as to why her step mother would do such things to her while her father is around and not doing anything about it.

I waited for almost 30 minutes until I was tired and about to go and fetch her when I she appeared all clean in different clothes.I guess she took a bath first 

She got in and didn't say a word.I drove to my friend's surgery after I called him to meet me there.

Me: Sure Ntwana 

Phemelo: Exe what's up?

Me: I need you to check her for me.She was beaten up..So I'm not sure is the damage is alot or not 

Phemelo: Don't tell me suddenly you beat up women

Me: No man you know i don't do that..

Phemelo: Okay..follow me.

I remained at the reception while they went in.I didn't want to make her uncomfortable.


THE NEXT DAY.

I woke up to a fresh smelling house..I wonder what time she woke up.i was in my short trackpants with no shirt on..My torso was showing.Yes I'm obsessed with my body that's why I have a gym in my house

She was in the kitchen making food..I don't want to lie it smelled good 

Me: Good morning

Fentse: Hi

Me: What are you making?

Fentse: Breakfast for yyy 

She was looking at me.more like drooling 

Me: Uhhhm it's rude to stare you know 

Fentse: Uhhm sorry about that.I was making breakfast and your lunchbox.Anyway I'm done.Lunchbox is over there and your breakfast is in the dining table.

Me: You didn't have to do all that you know.But thanks 

I went to eat and after eating went to prepare for work.

●BURRIED DEEP WITHIN●



FENTSE 

I'm 16 and I feel like I'm way behind with my life comparing to that of my peers...What I want to do at the moment is find a job even if I'm a nanny I won't mind as long as I'm far a way from this place..

I have been on the phone for more than an hour trying to explain to Tom about what had been happening to me

Tom: tell me where your father is when all this are happening?

Me:That one is just a vegetable..he sits and watch the her beat me up and make me do everything in the house.he only consoles me when she is not watching..my father used to be over protective of me but since mom died it's a different story..im even starting to believe that she is using muti on him.

Tom: So what have you been thinking?

Me: I need a job..please help me look..and a place to stay.

Tom: we can make a deal.i give you a job as my house keeper but you have to go to school white at that.

Me: wow really? You would do that?

Tom: Yes I will do that..

Me: So when can I come?

Tom: You are already behind with your school work but I can work something out..or you will stay home the rest of this year then start school next year 

Me: Please anything is okay with me.

Tom: When do you want to come?

Me: As soon as tonight..i want to sneak out when they are sleeping.

Tom: Okay I will drive there.Meet me at the river by the side of your village at 20:00

Me: Better it will still be early so I won't fear.

Tom: I will call you.

Me: Okay thank you.

He hanged up..maybe we met for a reason.maybe we met so that he can rescue me from all this..

Liyema: What is that on your hand..

I knew I'm in deep trouble because she doesn't know I have a phone and she is so going to take it from me.

I stoop up and ran to my room while switching it off.i hid it where I usually do then went back outside.

Liyema: What was that you took to your room you bastard child?

Me: nothing ma

Liyema: I saw you.

She walked up to my room and searched all over until she found the phone.i was at the corner of the room so she found the opportunity to lock the door.

There was a belt on the bed so she took it and started hitting me.

I don't want to lie it was painful because she was hitting me on the metal side of the belt..

Me: aunty I'm sorry.

She kept hitting me until I couldn't protect myself anymore.i was down on the floor taking in every stroke..

When she was satisfied she unlocked the door and left with my phone.Cant my life get any better? How will I communicate with Tom? But I hope he sticks to the time we agreed on.

I fell asleep with all the pains on my body.i was woken up by dad.i flinched when he touched me trying to shake me to wake up.

Me: Ouch 

Dad: what's wrong.

The light was in which means it was late.

Me: What time is it? I need to fetch water so I can bath.

Dad: It's almost 9pm

Me: What?

I panicked.

Me: I slept for that long?

Dad: I came to check on you because you didn't eat with us tonight.

Me: I'm okay dad..Go to bed before your wife comes here 

Dad: She is sleeping..What happened?

Me:She hit me with the metal side of the belt.Im okay dad don't worry..just go to bed.

Dad: I love you.

Me: I love you too daddy..always know that.

I kissed him at the cheek and he left..i took the bag and ran as fast as my painful body could carry me.i was somehow scared that Tom might have left since it's past our agreed time..When I got to the river his car was about to leave.

Tom: You are late

Me: I fell asleep.

Tom: Okay 

I got in and he drove off..We were all quiet in the car up until we got to his house..It was just a 1hour 30minutes drive

His house was big and beautiful..I didn't know that Tom was rich.

Tom: Welcome to my place.. Come let me show you your room.Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the house.And please feel at home..

Me: Okay.I want to bath 

Tom: Okay


TOM

I left her in the guest room to go and fetch her towels and cosmetic..

When I went back she had her shirt off and her back was facing me.What I saw made my skin crawl.She had marks like she was beaten 

Me: What is that?

She turned to me covering her small breasts..i threw the towel at her and she covers herself.

Fentse: What is what?

Me: Those marks..oh my God they are all over your body.What happened?

Fentse: My step mother beat me up when she found out I had a phone earlier today.

Me: Jesus Fentse i didnt know it was this bad.Look at your body.Come I'm taking you to the doctor.You might be hurt internally.

Fentse: I'm okay

Me: I'm not taking no for an answer.Get dressed and find me outside in the car

I didn't even give her a chance to answer me.

I was so angry as to why her step mother would do such things to her while her father is around and not doing anything about it.

I waited for almost 30 minutes until I was tired and about to go and fetch her when I she appeared all clean in different clothes.I guess she took a bath first 

She got in and didn't say a word.I drove to my friend's surgery after I called him to meet me there.

Me: Sure Ntwana 

Phemelo: Exe what's up?

Me: I need you to check her for me.She was beaten up..So I'm not sure is the damage is alot or not 

Phemelo: Don't tell me suddenly you beat up women

Me: No man you know i don't do that..

Phemelo: Okay..follow me.

I remained at the reception while they went in.I didn't want to make her uncomfortable.


THE NEXT DAY.

I woke up to a fresh smelling house..I wonder what time she woke up.i was in my short trackpants with no shirt on..My torso was showing.Yes I'm obsessed with my body that's why I have a gym in my house

She was in the kitchen making food..I don't want to lie it smelled good 

Me: Good morning

Fentse: Hi

Me: What are you making?

Fentse: Breakfast for yyy 

She was looking at me.more like drooling 

Me: Uhhhm it's rude to stare you know 

Fentse: Uhhm sorry about that.I was making breakfast and your lunchbox.Anyway I'm done.Lunchbox is over there and your breakfast is in the dining table.

Me: You didn't have to do all that you know.But thanks 

I went to eat and after eating went to prepare for work.

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