Chapter 9

2 weeks later

Phumlani

I am woken up by my cellphone ringing I thought its best I ignored it but the person on the other line seems to be persistent. It’s too early to be entertaining calls. I slept late last night developing a software for the Germans. I was not even planning to go to work early.

Me: “Hello” answer in a sleepy voice without even checking the caller ID.

Caller: “Mhlehlo vuka ndoda”

I haven’t heard anyone call me by my clan name in a longtime if the call was from anyone else I would be happy but right now I am pissed. Pissed at Sy because he is the only one who could have given this dog my numbers. I open my eyes and sit up.

Me: “Ufunani?”

Caller: “yindlela okhuluma ngayo nabangani bakho le Mhlehlo?

Me: “uthe abangani Sbu? ungazo ngi jwayela. Ngiyenzele I favor and lose my number”

Sbu: laughing “Ungazo ziyenza I panty wena let bygones be bygones. You got compensated with a lot of money for that mistake we made so we need to move on”

Me: “A mistake? You call robbing me 4 years of my life a mistake?”

Sbu: “Manzini I would have apologized a long time ago but you did not want to see me while you were inside. It’s been more than 4 years ndoda ngiyabawa ungi qolele”

Me: “Sbu ufunani kahle kahle ngilele ngi khathele”

Sbu: “Manzini I am working on something big and I need your help”

serif; font-size: 12pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-hansi-theme-font: major-bidi; mso-bidi-theme-font: major-bidi;'>Me: “Uya hlanya hamba uyofa” with that said I dropped the call and switched off the phone. I am too worked up to go back to sleep now and it’s still wee hours of the morning.  I get up and change to gym clothes. I need to take out all this anger on a punching bag. Thank God for the in house gym.

 I expect to feel better after the intense workout I just had but that not the case I am still pissed. I need to call Sy he needs to explain himself and he better have a good reason for giving that dog my numbers.

Sy: “Manzini” he says answering the phone

Me: “Wenzeni Sy?”

Sy: “Look uSbusiso told me that he called you and you were not happy ngiya qolisa”

Me: “What did you think would happen huh? I was going to be thrilled and throw him a party and help with whatever favor he need. Is that what you thought would happen”

Sy: “Manzini I am sorry but we really need your help”

Madoda did he say “we”

Me: “what do you mean ‘we need help” who is we?

Sy: “Manzini please listen to what Sbu have to say ngiyaku qela”

Me: “I told you I don’t want anything engihlanganisa nemikhuba yenu emibi”

Sy: “just hear what he has to say and will take it from there please”

Me: “Sy thank you for everything you have done for me but this is something I can’t help you with. Next time you call me better not be related to anything ka Sbu yezwa have a nice day” I say before hanging up Mxm Sy can be a dumb lawyer when he wants to. 

I don’t want to go to work I will just work from home today. I call Kwena to let him know that I won’t be coming in. Good thing we have no meetings today. I take a shower and get dressed in simple clothes and I head to the kitchen to blend a smoothie for breakfast.


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