***Ray drove to the hospital after spending some time with Jabu and Heath and when he got there he found the room empty he quickly went to look for a nurse and he found one as he got out of the room***
Ray: excuse me nurse
Nurse: yes how may I help you sir?
Ray: the lady that was in here where is she?
***he asked with his heart beating fast***
Nurse: ummm she was discharged earlier
Ray: what?....discharged by who?
Nurse: by her grandparents’ sir
***he breathed out while brushing his head***
Ray: ok thanks you
***the nurse nodded and she walked away swaying her round ass and Ray took out his phone and dialed Mateo and he answered on the third ring***
Ray: Mat I need you to do me a favor
Mat: im listening jefe
Ray: track the Khumalo brothers’ phones and tell me their location
Mat: ok…jefe is everything alright
Ray: Mbali was discharged earlier today
***he then sighed***
Mat: what?....is it the brothers?
Ray: nah apparently it’s her grandparents
Mat: wait a minute so Killer is around
***Ray sighed again***
Ray: it looks like it Mat…. now find those fuckers for me
Mat: ok jefe let me get right on it
***they ended the call and he walked out of the hospital with a heavy heart….. he dialed Mbali’s numbers with the hope that she now had her phone with her but nope it send him straight to voicemail and he huffed***
Ray: where are you my flower?
***he said to himself as he walked to his car….he unlocked it and he got in and right then his phone indicated that a message just came through and he opened it and it was GPS coordinates then his phone rang ***
Mat: jefe they are at Atteridgeville not far from your grandparents’ house and even though they haven’t stopped moving but the right and left cuts they are taking looks like they are not driving past it
***Ray breathed out loud with his heart beating fast***
Ray: why are they taking her there Mat…..what if… what if they are going to kill my baby
Mat: do you think they might do that?
Ray: I wouldn’t put it passed them I mean Mbali is in no state to be discharged as yet when I left her her BP was still unstable now why would they discharge her unless they have something sinister up their sleeves….i swear im going to kill all of them if anything happens to my child or Mbali
Mat: this is bad jefe….what should I do
Ray: send me the exact location of the place or house they will stop at and call Jabu and come after me
Mat: ok jefe
Ray: and you better be armed and you can tell Heath but also tell him I said he should stay behind with Star and the kids and keep them safe
Mat: got it
***then they ended the call and Ray continued to drive away in total speed***
Ray: they better not hurt Mbali or my child or they better be ready to face La Parca nx
***he said to himself ***
*** Baba Ma and Mbali finally arrived at Bab’Dlamini’s house and Ma helped Mbali out of the car and the guard carried her inside the yard with Baba’s orders and they found Bab’Dlamini’s son Melusi waiting for them and he told the guard to take her to the rondavel behind the main house and he did….. they all took off their shoes and got in and the guard went out after putting Mbali down and Melusi lit the ancestral herb ( mpepho) and walked around the small room chanting and talking to his ancestors while also blowing on the herb and smoke from it filled the room***
Melusi: Bab’Khumalo im sure baba told you what to do
***Baba nodded and he looked at the shaking Mbali as if she’s cold with Ma holding her while calling out the Khumalo clan names in whisper tone***
Melusi: this is what you’ll apply after cutting her Baba
***he said giving him a container filled with some black muti and Baba clapped his hands twice before accepting the container…. then Mbali screamed***
Mbali: NO STOP DON’T COME CLOSE….STAY AWAY…..
*** she said shielding her face with her arms***
Melusi: baba manje! (now)
***Ma laid her down on the animal skin mat with Mbali screaming at whatever was coming to her to stop and Melusi gave Baba a brand new razor and Baba cut Mbali a little on her forehead and he applied the muthi on the cut with Ma and Melusi holding her still with her screaming calling out to Ray to help her…..her cries where heart wrenching but Ma and Baba knew what they needed to do and they were concentrating on that with Ma’s tears just running down her cheeks as she said the Khumalo clan names and also calling out to the Khumalo ancestors to protect Mbali…..then he also cut her on every join on her arms and legs also applying the muthi on the cuts he also cut her on her upper chest and the back on her neck also applying the muthi……..Melusi blew the burning ancestral herb on her face chanting and calling out to the khumalo ancestors to protect Mbali then she slowly stopped fighting but she was still crying calling out to Ray busy telling her grandmother and grandfather to call Ray…… after Baba was done Melusi blew some white powder on her face and she passed out***
Melusi: let her rest a bit and when she wakes up we will consult with the bones and ask for a way forward
***they nodded while clapping their hands looking down***
Melusi: baba you need to find this Ray she has been calling out for he’s gonna help her fight this evil spirit
*** baba sighed***
Ma: what about her pregnancy makhosi?
Melusi: the baby is ok for now
***then he looked at Baba***
Melusi: can I speak to you alone Baba
Ma: I’ll be in the main house fixing something to eat
Melusi: dankie Ma (thank you Ma)
***she kissed Mbali’s forehead and she stood up and walked out***
Baba: im listening son
Melusi: im sure Baba has already told you about the man that is dating Mbali
Baba: yes but he didn’t tell me he got her pregnant
***he said that clenching his jaws***
Melusi: the ancestors didn’t tell him she was…..remember they choose what to tell him Baba….. anyway did he also tell you that he’s Mbali’s soul mate and if you separate them Mbali might take her own life?
***Baba nodded still with his jaws clenched***
Melusi: ok then….. ummm before Baba left did he ask you a weird question?
Baba: yes….. he asked if a woman in our family who is from my lineage going back to when the beast started has ever given birth to a child who has a beast while the father doesn’t
Melusi: and has that happened before Baba?
Melusi: I guess this is the first time
Baba: you mean to tell me Mbali is carrying a beast in there
***he asked with his eyes popped out and Melusi nodded***
Melusi: baba and I tried to consult and find out why this is happening and we couldn’t find an answer then he was called to the mountain by okhokho ( the ancestors)
Baba: this can’t be happening…. it has never happened before unless….
***Melusi shook his head***
Melusi: the baby’s father doesn’t have a beast Baba…..yes he has dark forces lingering around and inside him and they also protect him which is odd but he doesn’t have a beast
Baba: then how does Mbali carry a beast if the father doesn’t have one
Melusi: that is what Baba is going to find out and we also found out that Mbali has a gift
Baba: what….what gift?
Melusi: her soul can move from one place to another
Baba: I don’t understand Melusi
Melusi: her gift is almost like Lwazi’s but Lwazi’s is more advanced if I can say that…. Lwazi sees the future for a minute but only if danger is closer and he can literally talk to his beast when his beast warns him before he sees what might happen…. while with Mbali besides her connection with her ancestors she can also dream of things that might happen but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will happen exactly like on her dreams that’s why her dreams are all important and should be taken seriously….the thing is her soul can also move to the place where danger looms and she can see things that only my ancestral bones can only tell me or Baba while with her she can see them with her own naked eyes
Baba: explain in simple terms Melusi
Melusi: she has a strong connection with your ancestors and they can move her soul to the place where evil is plotting against your family to show her the danger that is brewing
***baba swallowed hard***
Melusi: Baba and I can only throw the bones down to ask the ancestors to tell us what’s happening while with her they can just take her soul there to see things herself
Baba: oooh oKhumalo….
***he said while shaking his head***
Melusi: but its dangerous Baba cause those people can see her and they can even trap her soul in that place and use it for their evil deeds…like now Ma brought her back from that place before they trapped her by praying for her so I don’t understand why the ancestors are doing this with her since its dangerous
Baba: so what should we do?
Melusi: we don’t know yet Bab’Khumalo that’s why Baba was summoned to the mountain for his meditation and maybe they will give him an explanation as to what we should do and why they are doing this to Mbali….. and she wasn’t send to that place purposely its just her connection with OKhumalo is so strong that they ended up showing her the danger that is brewing without our knowledge remember they visit Baba but he’s not a Khumalo so the connection is not that great but with Mbali is strong……. Mbali can be shown things before they happen in months or a year or even years to come
Baba: so Zambo is still busy cooking up a plan
Melusi: now we can prepare ourselves or even stop him but it comes with a price they know Mbali’s gift now and he’s now changing his plans and he’s gonna hurt you all through Mbali by making sure she runs mad before he comes for you all
***Baba breathed hard with rage visible on his face then they heard a knock on the door***
Pops: can I come in
Melusi: yebo Nkosana
***Pops smirked cause Melusi always calls him that and his smile vanished when his eyes landed on Mbali***
Pops: what….what’s going on with my daughter….why is she here….. baba?
Baba: sit down ndodana ( son)
***he sat down looking at Mbali who was laying there***
Baba: where are your sons?
Pops: Nhlaka Jase and Smiso are outside while Jay and Muzi rushed back to Jay’s home cause Lwazi had an episode he was talking to his beast which means something bad will happen…..wait was his beast warning him about Mbali?
***Baba nodded and Pops started breathing heavily***
Pops: what happened to my daughter Baba?
***he looked from baba to Melusi and Melusi sighed looking down…..he then groaned***
Melusi: mmmmh yebo ngimamele ( yes im listening)
***he then continued to groan while nodding then he looked up at Pops***
Melusi: okhokho bathi uyehlise umoya ( the ancestors say you should calm down) and remember everything happens for a reason
***Pops took a deep breath and he breathed out loud then he nodded***
Pops: whats going on with Mbali
***baba sighed and him and Melusi told him everything including the pregnancy part and he looked at Mbali with his eyes popped out then a frown followed with his bottom lip trembling***
Pops: Mbali is what?
Melusi: nkosana calm down please
***and Pops stood up***
Pops: who…who dared me?…. who dared the nighthawk!
***he said with his hands trembling with visible veins popping on his forehead and also on the sides of his head and he paced up and down in the room trying to calm down but it wasn’t working…..Baba also stood up***
Baba: son you need to calm down please Mbali needs you now more than ever please calm down
***he ignored him and his mind went to his boys and the way they were nervous and tense around him and he quickly walked out with baba calling out to him…..he went to them looking like an angry lion ready to attack and as soon as they saw him they all stood there frozen cause they knew that Baba told him***
Baba: BONGANI CALM DOWN FIRST!
***it fell on deaf ears and Snakes tried to run outside the yard to the car but Smiso grabbed him and pulled him back***
Pops: WHO’S RESPONSIBLE!
***they kept quiet then Smiso decided to talk***
Pops: which Ray…. who are his parents and where does he stay?
***he asked with his bold voice with his eyes red with extreme anger and they swallowed***
Smiso: La Parca
***he stood quiet with his eyes closed and his head tilted to the side a bit***
Pops: what did you say?
Baba: Bongani calm down
***he ignored him again***
Pops: I ASKED A FUCKEN QUESTION NOW ANSWER ME DAMN IT!
***he roared and they jumped a bit***
Snakes: ooh shit we are dead
***he said looking scared***
Jase: La Parca from Cuba Pops
***Pops chuckled while shaking his head with disbelief then he took out his gun and pointed it at them***
Snakes: POPS WOOOH….CALM DOWN PLEASE
***he begged him but the look on his face told him that all the begging falls on deaf ears***
Pops: WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THAT FUCKER TOOK ADVANTAGE OF MY DAUGHTER!
Jase: Dad please calm down and let us explain
***he said with a shaky voice cause he knew he might shoot them…yes he will not kill them but he might shoot them to injure them just to teach them a lesson***
Pops: VOETSEK ANSWER MY QUESTION WHERE WERE YOU?
Snakes: we… we didn’t know she was dating him Pops she told us it was some boy from varsity who she was dating we also found out a week or so later about La Parca and two or is it three days ago we found out about her pregnancy when she fainted
***he said looking like he’s gonna shit himself then the gun went off as Pops shot next to Snakes’ feet and he jumped***
Pops: LA PARCA COMES IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU DON’T KEEP TABS ON HIM NHLAKA….WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU AN IT SPECIALIST IF YOU GOING TO FUCK UP LIKE THIS
Snakes: im sorry Pops
***then Ma got out of the house but Baba told her to go inside the house he’ll handle this and she reluctantly went back inside ****
Pops: VOETSEK I DON’T WANT YOUR FUCKEN SORRIES
Jase: Pops he came in the country to cash in on the favor I owed him that’s why he was in the country in the first place
***he shot at Jase’s feet and he also jumped***
Pops: AND WHAT DID YOU DO AFTERWARDS
Jase: we… we relaxed Pops….we are sorry….
***he shot at all they feet and they jumped up except for Smiso***
Pops: VOETSEK MSUNU YENU NINGITSHELA AMASIMBA VOETSEK….VOETSEK….VOETSEK NIYANGIZWA VOETSEK MASENDE YENU
***he said that still shooting next to their feet but this time some bullets missed them by inches which made Snakes and Jase to run inside the house but as for Smiso he just moved to stand next to Baba…..by now people were peeping inside the yard trying to see what’s going on***
Pops: VOETSEK WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT!
***he then shot up in the sky and everyone ran for their lives***
Baba: are you done now acting like a mad man?
***he asked him with a straight face***
Pops: DON’T BABA PLEASE DON’T
***he said pacing up and down then he attempted to walk to the rondovel when he heard someone calling out Mbali’s name in the front yard and he stopped and listened with his chest moving up and down fast***
Jase: WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING HERE
Ray: WHERE’S MBALI….WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO TO HER
Snakes: LEAVE RAY IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE
Ray: DON’T TELL ME TO LEAVE YOU SON OF A BITCH WHERE’S MBALI AND MY UNBORN CHILD
***he said that rushing to the backyard where everyone was and as soon as he saw Baba and Pops he froze but he was breathing heavily with his eyes all red from anger***
Smiso: I suggest you turn around and leave boy
***he said to Ray and Ray gave him a death stare and his eyes went back to Pops and Baba***
Ray: where is Mbali…..what did you do with my child
*** no one saw it coming cause within a blink of an eye Pops was next to Ray with his hand on his neck…. his eyes where bloodshot red the skin on his face was hard and disfigured his K9 teeth were longer and his finger nails were also long….his beast was in control as it was baying for Ray’s blood it was squeezing tighter and tighter around Ray’s neck with Ray struggling breath he had his eyes popped out as he stared at Pops beast right in the eye and he saw nothing but darkness and pure rage in them….. then Baba rushed to them ***
Baba: S’LWANE LET HIM GO
***he commanded it while trying to pull the beast’s hand off Ray’s neck but the grip was tight***
Baba: BONGANI TELL YOUR BEAST TO LET HIM GO CAUSE IF YOU KILL HIM YOU’LL LOSE MBALI
***he pleaded with him but the beast wouldn’t let him go instead it tightened its hand around his neck hard and Ray’s eyes rolled back and he looked like he was giving up and right then Melusi blew a white powder on the beast’s face and it let Ray go and fell on its back but luckily baba caught him along with Melusi and it was lights out for him ….. as for Ray he fell on the ground gasping for air as it was hard for him to breath after some time he caught his breath and he started coughing out loud while holding his bruised and painful neck and Smiso smirked….all this while he was standing there watching as the beast was strangling Ray then he went closer to Ray and bend a bit***
Smiso: no longer Mr. Tough guy mmmmh?
***then he stood up straight and he walked passed him taking out his phone….. Baba and Melusi took Pops to the rondovel and they got out and went to Ray who looked shit scared***
Baba: get up
***and he did still holding his bruised and painful neck****
Ray: what….what was that?.....how….. what
Baba: shut up!
***he kept quiet***
Baba: so you have the rotten nerve to come here even after you got my granddaughter and his daughter…..
***he said pointing at the rondovel***
Baba: pregnant…..you come here and start shouting like this is your father’s house….. the fact that you are feared in the underworld doesn’t mean you should come to people’s homes and act like a fucken hooligan!
***he said with an angry voice while pointing at Ray***
Ray: she’s my woman sir and she’s carrying my child
***a slap ended on Ray’s cheek and he looked at Baba with anger on his face and his jaws clenched***
Baba: IS MBALI YOUR FUCKEN WIFE?..... DID YOU PAY HER BRIDE PRICE?.....
***Ray didn’t say anything***
Baba: I ASKED YOU A FUCKEN QUESTION BOY NOW ANSWER ME BEFORE I DO WORSE THAN WHAT HE JUST DID TO YOU
Ray: no she’s not my wife
Baba: THEN WHO GAVE YOU A FUCKEN RIGHT TO COME HERE AND ACT AS IF WE FUCKEN OWE YOU
***he kept quiet***
Baba: YOU SHOULD BE REMORSEFUL TO WHAT YOU DID AND NOT DO ALL THIS RUBBISH YOU JUST DID NX
***Ray still kept quiet then Melusi came with chairs and he gave them to Baba and Ray and he went inside the rondavel giving them some privacy***
***Ray sat down and Baba also sat down***
Baba: I understand that you are way older than her
***Ray nodded while rubbing his painful neck***
Baba: what are your intensions with her?
***he cleared his painful throat***
Ray: I would like to make her my wife
Baba: you do know it will take a miracle for her father to even acknowledge you as his son in law
Ray: I know sir but one way or another Mbali is gonna be my wife
***Baba looked at him and he could see he was a confident man and he’s a man that goes after what he wants***
Baba: do you believe in witches and wizards and dark forces boy?
Ray: im Nigerian sir
Baba: yes or no boy don’t get smart with me!
***he warned him***
Baba: mmmmh ok now listen here…..Mbali is troubled by some dark forces that have some beef with our family we thought the man died but it happened that we were supposed to burn him after killing him and we didn’t and now he’s back for revenge so that’s why we are here to get her some help
***Ray listened attentively with his heart beating fast***
Baba: the man is Zambo he’s from Congo and he’s one dangerous motherfucker
Ray: so you are telling me that she’s paying for your sins
Baba: I said don’t get smart with me boy
***Ray just shook his head while looking down***
Baba: her life is in danger and now it’s either you gonna be there for her even though her brothers and father will be against it or you fuck off and never look back so which one is it
Ray: she might not be my wife but she’s my woman and I love her and no one will stand in my way of being there for her and protecting her and that includes that monster or beast in a human form
***Baba stood up***
Baba: good……but then mmmmh I don’t know if you are plain stupid brave or just stupid and in love but Boy you better watch yourself cause now you are dealing with 5 monsters or beasts as you call them and another one inside “ YOUR WOMAN’S” womb and trust me the one in “ YOUR WOMAN’S” womb is the most dangerous one cause it can turn “YOUR WOMAN” into a mean machine
***then he smirked at Ray***
Baba: oooh and “ YOUR WOMAN” is resting inside so wait until she wakes up cause she’s been calling out for you and also be careful or monsters and beasts cause this yard is full of them…… and ooh make sure the one that is resting inside doesn’t see you when it wakes up or it will kill you this time
***then he went inside the main house to his wife leaving Ray confused as hell about the monsters and beasts Baba was talking about especially the one that is inside “HIS WOMAN’S” womb***
Ray: wait a minute…..did he mean…… fuck nooo
****then his phone Rang***
Jabu: we are outside the house and there are three baboons standing by the gate where are you and are you ok?
Ray: Im coming now
***then he ended the call and stood up and he slowly walked to the front while rubbing his sore neck***