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CHAPTER 1


01.

[PRESENT]

She sat in the lounge room as I slaved away in the kitchen. I am trying to cook and wash the dirty dishes at the same time with Musa watching me going up and down. We have learnt to spend times together. Because they don't like us at all.

I've turned into a slave by my own family in their own house which should've been the comforts of my life but it's where I find my worst nightmares and day'mares ever lived. 

I cook clean do laundry everyday and all the house chores. Even watering the garden at Friday's and Sunday's. I do almost everything alone. Sometimes with the help of Musa my brother. But he is only six years old and trying to help his sister.

The door cracks open and it's Ntokozo aunt Sarah's daughter. She walks passed us like we weren't even there.
 
"Oh mntanami how are you?"
"I'm good mama and how are you?" Ntokozo.
"I'm good. Please sit and tell me all about what you said over the phone last time" Sarah.
Ntokozo laughs. "Oh mom. Of course I got the job."
I hear Sarah cheering.

The door opens again. This time it is the two sisters. They're always together. They greet me as if they were losing their breath. They didn't even notice Musa on the floor. 

I return the greeting with enthusiasm. I take out cups to make tea for them or else Sarah will bite my head off.

"So tell me what was the calling all about?" Joy.
"Oh.. phela uToki finally got the job she even sent me the letter of acceptance what what." Sarah.
Ntokozo laughed. "Is it true?"
"Yes aunt'Joy. I'll be starting on Monday." Ntokozo.

They are talking. I can only hear their voices.

I'm done with the tea and scones. I take the tray and went to the lounge room to serve it. They suddenly went quite and looked at me. I place the tray on the coffee table and walk back to the kitchen. I continue with what I was doing. 

The chat was back on again.
"That's great. Soon she'll be driving her own car and owning a house." Leah.
"You're doing great for yourself nana" Joy.

The compliments were worth the world for her. I'm happy for her too. She is really doing herself a good job. But I think she should have focused on going to university.
"Yes. Unlike someone I know" Sarah.
That was directed to me.
"So how is Nomzamo doing?" Joy.
"Oh that one. All she knows is to eat my food and be lazy all day. She doesn't even pay rent. I don't even see any good in her. She has no intentions of finding a job at all" Sarah.
I'm never good in their eyes at all. I'm always a useless child. In my age I should be focusing on going to school.
"No man. Nomzamo has to get a job. Sarah can't be feeding the both of them and yena angayenzi lutho. It's wrong" Joy. (She doing do nothing)

As if I have a choice to get a job. I'm not allowed to go out and buy bread myself. We always sent my little Musa to buy the bread. So how am I supposed to leave the house to look for a job when I'm guarded like hawk?

"Even with that how will she even get a job when no one ever saw her report?" Leah.
They don't know about that. I hid it because aunt Sarah said she'll burn it if she ever laid her eyes on it and said it's useless
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" Joy. (She doing do nothing)

As if I have a choice to get a job. I'm not allowed to go out and buy bread myself. We always sent my little Musa to buy the bread. So how am I supposed to leave the house to look for a job when I'm guarded like hawk?

"Even with that how will she even get a job when no one ever saw her report?" Leah.
They don't know about that. I hid it because aunt Sarah said she'll burn it if she ever laid her eyes on it and said it's useless that it won't get me anywhere.
"Leave her alone. She probably lied about it." Sarah.

I got done with the dishes. Now I'm half way through to cooking. So that I can rest. My body mind and my soul is extremely tired from all the work I do. To even think that tomorrow I have to wake up in the morning again and do chores drives my mind to the limits of crazy.

I felt a pull on my skirt. It was Musa. He looks so cute.
"Sisi I'm hungry. Can I have something.. something small?"-Musa.
The way he says it.. it's not appropriate. We should be free but instead we are treated like slaves.

Ntokozo appears with the tray of used cups and place it on the counter. Then she immediately walks out. We don't see eye-to-eye at all.

I take two scones and hand them to Musa. He immediately runs off outside to eat them. He knows that if they ever see him the heaven's will go loss.

I finally dish up the food and serve them theirs. Musa and I we are never allowed to eat the food I cook. So e went to sit at the back of the house. We're not allowed to see them eat or just sit with them and watch tv. 

I've thought of getting a job but Sarah will not let me. I remember she said I have to be good looking to get a job. What she meant I didn't understand. So I'll have to ask Ntokozo to hook me up with something at her work. I just want to get out of here. I've lived up for too long with their treatment. I want to get out. I want to get me and Musa out. I want to be free and breath.

When we were done with eating. I take the dishes in and packed the other ones they were using and washed them. I'll have to get something to eat. Maybe bread and sugared water

......

I've just put Musa to bed. All I need is warm cup of water then I'll go and sleep. I always get when I go to sleep and when I wake. It helps me somehow. Mostly with my brutal menstruation. 

The two aunties have already left after dinner.

I find Ntokozo in the most revealing yet beautiful dress. With her long weave on and long transparent stilettos on. She's probably going out.

I pour water in the kettle and plug it. I move to take out a cup and fill a minimum of tap water in it. And wait for the kettle to boil the water.

She turns to my side. "So tell me how long at you going to stay here in my mother's house? She's very tired of helping you both. It's not fair that she has to support you whilst you do nothing at all. Aren't you ashamed?"
I kept quite. I'm not installed to be in her schemes.

She chuckles and pushed me off. I try to balance myself on the counter but I guess it was too late. I fell on my butt. She burst out of laughter. 

Seems someone is enjoying this..

I got up and rub my butt. It was stinging. "Ntokozo I'm not looking for your trouble please leave me alone."
I might as well keep the job request to myself.

"Oh please. Me trouble you? Why should I? I just want to know how will you get yourself a job?" She says.
I want to slap the attitude off her..

"I'll do it myself. I will get a job" I say.
"How? You're not in any league to work at a mighty company. Your hoe of a mother is the only one to work there not you" she poked me bad.
"Don't drag my mother into this. I stay here cause auntie took us in as her family. And don't try to make yourself better with me whilst you don't know the whole story. My mother sacrificed a lot for this family. She even bought this house you think your own mother bought. So please don't ever speak ill of my mother!" I snap.

As soon as the kettle stops I pour the hot water in the cup and unplug the kettle. Then walk away.

She really provoked me so bad. I didn't mind all those names she called me and everything else but not my mother...

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To be continued..

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