part 1 CURSE Of My Skin : Blood Of My Blood

An emergency meeting was called by the council of elders and the king's advisors to discuss the "abominable"birth of the pale child Elder 1 : Tsielalalekgotla.Ke ema pele ga lena kaofela le go dumedisha kgoshi ya rena le lekgotla ka kakaretso (Attentioncommittee.I stand before you all in greetings to our king and the committee as a whole) .The king nodded Committee : Thobela mokgalabje wa gesho (Greetings our country man) Elder 1 : Lehono bogoshi bja rena bo aperetse ke leru le lesose sebeng se swanetse go tlisha thakgalo e kgolo mo setshabeng sa rena se fetogile manyami feela (todaya dark cloud has befallen our kingdomwhat was supposed to bring great joy to our kingdom has brought only misery) .Some nodded while some were shaking their grey heads Elder 1 : Bjalo ka ge re tseba Mmamoratwa wa renakera kgoshigadi o filwe morwa maabane mantsiboa (As we all know our beloved queen has given birth to a son yesterday evening ) Committee : Ke taba tse botse tseo(That's great news ) Elder 1 : Ke dumelelana le lena mooefela ga go felele fao.Mmakgoshi o filwe mafahlana elego yo wa lesogana le wa le lekgarebe eupsa lefahla le la lekgarebe ke le le sehlakera gore ke leswebe.Ka moka rea tseba gore seo se ra gorengbjalo seo ke se se re tlishitsego moo lehono(I agree with you butit doesn't end there.Our queen has given birth to twinsa boy and a girl.But the girl is palemeaning she's an albinoand we all know what that means.And that's what brought us here today) .A commotion broke out as the committee members were cursing in fear and shockhands in their heads and mouth Elder 2 :MehloloMmakgoshi o belege leswebe!!.Ke gona ge ele bofefo bja setshaba sa renare fedile(Abominationthe queen has given birth to an albino!!.This is the end of our nationwe are finished) .They started talking among themselvessome were even clapping their hands showing their displeasure King : Tsialala bakgalabje ba gesho(Attention my elders) .The elders kept quiet immediately although they were still shaking their heads in disapproval .The king cleared his voice King : Lenna ke sa maketse bjalo ka lenaka gore tiragalo ebjalo ga esohlwe e direga historing ya bogoshi bja gesho (I am also as shocked as you arebecause this type of incident has never happened in the history of my kingdom ) Elder 2 : Tshwarelo go le tsena ka ganong kgoshi yakannete ke gore tseo kaofela rea dikwa ebile rea di kweshisha.Efela seo re nyakago go se tseba ke gore sepheto sa gago ke eng ge gole ka tsela ee? (Excuse my interruptions my kingthe truth is we all know and understand that.But what we want to know is what is your final decision about this matter? ) .They all nodded in agreement Elder 3 : Ee ke seo rohle re nyakang go se tsebaga go thushe go dikadika mola re tseba seo se swanetsego go phethega(Yes that's what we want to knowwhat's the use of beating around the bush when we all know what has to happen ) Committee : Ee o opile kgomo lenaka morwarre (Indeed you are have point my brother ) Elder 1 :Ba gesho nna ke nagana gore refeng kgoshi ya rena sebaka sa gore a bee se seleng mafahleng a gagwe (My countrymen I think we should give our king a chance to say what's on his mind) Elder 2 : Gona go lokile ge o realo(If you say so it's fine) Elder 1:Kgoshi yaka oka tswela pele (My kingyou may continue ) King : Nna be kere ngwana yo a yishwe gabo mmagwe go fihlela re kgwetsa tharollo e ere loketseng re le setshaba se setee.Ka baka la gore se gase sephetho se re swanetsego go se tsea bofefo kudu ka baka la tiragalo e ediragatsego ge a belegwa(I think the child should be taken to her maternal home until we reach a solution that will benefit us all as one nation.Because this is not a decision that must be taken lightly more so because of the circumstances surrounding her birth) .The elders murmured among themselves some in disagreement while some agreed with the king) Advisor 1 :Ke dumelelana le kgoshi ya renaka baka la gore rohle rea tseba gore ge kgoshana goba kgoshigatsana ebelegwe le kobo ya bogoshi gore go ra go reng (I agree with our kingbecause we all know what it means when a prince or princess is born with the royal blanket*omniotic sack*) Elder 2 :Tseo rea dikwaefela selo se se belegego ke Mmakgoshi gase motho

ke peo ya moya I mobeebile ga rea swanelwa go se tlogela se tswele pele se hema moya o mo tee le rena.Are seke ra itira difofu goba difoa more swanetse go tsea sephetho sa maleba pele setshaba sa rena se welwa ke masetlapelo(We hear that but the fact iswhat the queen has given birth to is not humanshe is the seed of an evil spirit and we are not supposed to let it continue to breathe the same air as us.Let us not act blind nor deaf here.We need to take a proper decisions before great misery befalls our nation) .Most of the elders nodded in agreement ) Elder 4:Yeo ke nnete feela monnasetso ke setso ebile rohle rea se tseba(That's the truthtradition is tradition and we all know it) Elder 1 : Go bjalo setso sa rena sona rea se tseba efela le reng ka taba ya gore o belegwe le kobo ya bogoshi?gape yeo ke engwe ntlha yeo re sa swanelwago go e lebala (Indeed we know our traditionsbut what do you say about the fact that she was born with the royal blanket.That is another point we can't ignore ) .The king looked sad and worn outfor the first time since he was crowned king he found himself speechless Elder 3 : Seo ga sere selonnete ke gore phoofolo ya go swana le ye ga ya amogelwa mo setshabeng sa rena ebile ga gona yoo asa se tsebeng seokgweding tse pedi tsa go fetwa morwedi waka o belege selo sa go swana le se.Wena kgoshi yaka le lena ba gagesho gala hlwa la dikadika go se tlosha lefaseng laba la re ke hlatswe moshate ka pudi tse pediphapano ekae magareng ga bobedi bja tsona?(That doesn't mean anythingthe truth is an animal like this is unacceptable in our society and no one is oblivious to that.Two months ago my daughter gave birth to a thing like that.You my king did not hesitate to remove it from our worldyou even commanded me to bring two goats to cleanse the kingdomwhere is the difference between the two?) .Most committee members agreed with the last speakerthe second advisor stood up Advisor 2 : Nna ke bona bokaone reye metseng ya rena reyo inagana ka gore shifa re palelwa ke go fihlela tharollore tla busha re kopana ka meriti.Ga ke tsebe gore kgoshi yaka yona ereng...sebata se se golotau ya rena (I suggest we go home and think things over since we are failing to reach an agreementwe will meet in the afternoon.I don't know what my king says....Great animal our Lion) .He then sat downthe king rubbed his eyes King : A go be bjalokopano e felela mo.Re tla busha ra kopana ka merithi bjalo ka ge Mokwena a boletse(Let it be someeting adjourned.We will meet this afternoon just like he said) .He then stood up and left the common roomignoring the commotion and the displeasure of the other elders. . . ***Meanwhile in the young queen's rooma palace maid rushed in without knocking in looking scared Maid : Mmakgoshi dilo di befile(My queen things are ugly) Hunadi : O reng ontshosha (why are you scaring me) .The maid exhaled deeply looking straight at the queen ) Maid : Bagolo ba moshate ga ba thaba le ga teebare go phethege ka tsela yeo setso sa rena se laelago mabapi le kgoshigatsana.Rea tseba go ra go reng(the palace elders are not happythey want the tradition to prevail regarding the princess.We know what that means) .the queen cried silentlyshe then held her little girl) Hunadi : I will never let them hurt you my angelit's not our fault that they are ignorant and old fashioned.But we can't blame them rightthey've never seen what the world looks like out side their little village.I will never let them hurt you my angel .She kissed her little girl's little fingersand continued to cry silently looking out the small window of her room.

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