It's been almost a month since I got that call from Marco and theres still no sign of Rafael and that just drives me nuts. If it was any other person I wouldn't be stressing this much but this is Rafael he is calculating and evil. All that he does is always planned from A to Z with room for contingencies. I have had to up security for both Lando and Kazi. I was even able to convince Lando to take her maternity leave early.
I drive into the lounge parking hoping that Sbu has an update on Rafael and his whereabouts. I walk in and it's already packed. It's not even nine o'clock and people are already partying up a storm
On a Wednesday Nogal. I guess our Woman Crush Wednesday events are coming along good.
I walk into the office and he is on his laptop doing only he knows what. I look at him and he doesn't even notice I am there. I pour myself a drink and take a seat on the couch. I decide to let him be cause clearly he is busy. After a few minutes he whispers a yes and punches the air with his fist. He then swings around on his chair before his eyes land on me. I smile when I see the shock on his face.
Sbu: "Bafo. When did you get here?"
Me: "About ten minutes ago. You were so engrossed in your work I didnt want to disturb."
Sbu: "I guess it's a good thing you are here. I just got an email from an associate of mine in Durban. Apparently Rafael has been spotted there." I sit up and put my elbows on my knees while playing with my hands. This is great news.
Me: "And when was this?"
Sbu: "About an hour ago."
Me: "Good. Make sure they dont lose him."
Sbu: "So what are you going to do with sis Lando and Kazi?"
Me: "I dont know man. I just hope I can keep them safe."
Sbu: "The safe house in Limpopo is still available you know." A lightbulb goes on in my head. I have been so consumed with wanting my family safe that I forgot the most important thing keep them safe! The safe house in Limpopo is perfect the security is state of the art and its impenetrable.
I take my phone and text Kazi to pack her staff and get ready to leave. I know she won't even argue about this cause she knows Rafael and what he is capable off. Lando on the other hand is a different breed of stubborn. I cant tell her via text I have to sit her down and convince her to go.
I leave Sbu and drive back to my place. I find Lando sleeping on the couch with Theo right next to her on the floor. I decide to just pack their stuff. I rush upstairs and pack Theo's clothes first and I make sure his favourite toys are in there too otherwise we will be faced with world war three. Once I am certain I have all he will need I go to our bedroom and pack Lando's clothes which is mostly dresses since my little princess has grown almost double overnight but I am not complaining as long as they are both healthy I am grateful. I finish packing and head downstairs.
Just as I am about to wake Lando up I hear a knock on the door I open and Kazi walks in with her luggage in tow. Anyone who saw her would assume she is going on vacation perhaps.
Kazi: "Hi Bhuti." She gives me a hug and walks to the kitchen. She's not her usual bubbly self. I follow her to the kitchen.
Me: "Hey are you okay?" I ask her while she has her back to me and facing the sink with her head down. She looks up takes a deep breath and turns around to look at me.
Kazi: "I am sorry."
Me: "For what?"
Kazi: "For everything. If I had listened to you If I had listened to dad we wouldn't be here right now looking over our shoulder all the time." I walk over and stand next to her.
Me: "If you had listened to us then we wouldn't have Theo." I say trying to lighten the mood. She gives me a faint smile. "Look we can't change the past but we can look forward to the future. The should haves would haves could haves will not help us now. Besides theres a silver lining for every cloud. And ours just happens to be a naughty stubborn little boy that we all love." She smiles and this time it's a genuine smile. She gives me a hug.
Kazi: "Thank you for always protecting me and him."
We hear a car pull up outside and I know the guys are here. We break the hug and walk into the lounge and find Lando already up.
Lando: "Why didnt you wake me up my back hurts." She says trying to stretch her tired muscles. I walk over and sit next to her.
Me: "Babe I have to tell you something."
Lando: "What's wrong?"
Me: "Nothing. But you have to go. I've already packed your stuff." She looks around the room and her eyes land on the suitcases standing by the door.
Lando: "You found Rafael?" She asks as her eyes come back to me.
Me: "Sort of. He's been spotted in Durban so I think it's a matter of time before he shows up here. That's why you are leaving. I need to make sure that the three of you are safe." She takes a deep breath and closes her eyes.
Lando: "So where are you taking us?"
Me: "The safehouse in Limpopo. It's the only safe place I can think of." She opens her eyes and looks back at me.
Lando: "Are you coming with us?"
Me: "I cant. I have to find him and end this once and for all."
Lando: "What if something happens to you? What if he hurts you? What then? Philani I am not ready to be a widow." I can hear the panic in her voice. I put my hands in her face and let her face me. Her eyes are glistening with tears that she is trying so hard to blink away.
Me: "Baby nothing will happen to me. I promise you."
The guys walk in as her tears win the battle with her eyelids and they fall down her face. I bring her in for a hug.
Lindani: "Its time to go."
Lindani and Sizwe take the suitcases and walk out while Kazi follows them. I pick up the sleeping Theo and carefully place him in his car seat. I hold out my hand to Lando and she takes a deep breath before placing her hand in mine. We walk out and I place Theo in the car next to Kazi. Good thing its an SUV and all three can fit in the backseat. I give Lando one last hug and it lasts a little longer than usual. After a while we break apart. I kiss her forehead and she gets into the car and they drive off.
My heart starts beating a little faster than normal. I'll admit I am scared. I know in my line of work fear shouldn't even exist but its easier to be fearless when you have nothing to lose. I should be celebrating my one year anniversary instead I am spending time trying to find a psychopathic narcissist who is on a wipeout mission. This past year has shown me that theres more to life than drugs or diamonds or heists. This year I finally got a high that I never wanna come down from. I finally got to understand the saying "love makes the world go round". My life has been on a never ending spin since Lando slapped the shit out of me and I wouldn't have it any other way. And now all that might end unless I find Rafael and put a bullet in his head.
The girls drove out with a convoy of atleast ten cars each with a minimum of three guards each. They both fell asleep as soon as the convoy hit the freeway. It was almost morning when the sign 'Welcome to Limpopo' stood high and strong on the side of the road. Unbeknownst to them their convoy had grown to fifteen cars.
Lando woke up when she heard a phone ringing in the car. The driver answered using the bluetooth speaker.
Driver: "My man what's happening?"
Man: "There's about five cars following us. They've been behind us for almost forty five minutes now."
Driver: "Are you sure about this?"
Man: "Certain. What should we do?"
Driver: "How did they even know?"
Man: "Beats me."
Man: "Yep." He hung
They drove on until the next offramp. Some of the cars went left and others went right while the rest kept going forward. The cars with the girls inside kept going till they got to a garage. They parked next to a Quantum and the driver went to it. He came back and made a phone call still unaware that Lando was already up.
Driver: "We have a spy among us. The driver of the Quantum is dead and that means Rodriguez knows where we are going. I think we need to change direction."
Man: "The problem with that is we dont know who this person is and if we change direction what makes you so sure the person is not in your convoy."
Driver: "Any suggestions?"
Man: "We let the boss know we've been compromised."
Driver: "Okay then you call him. We'll keep going." He hung up and they drove out of the garage. They made it to a long narrow road that had forests on each side. The tall trees hid the rising sun and made the road dark.
As they drove amid the dark natural tunnel gunshots were heard from the back. Before long their car tyres were shot leading to the car driving off the road and into the forest and hitting a tree waking Kazi and Theo started to cry.
Kazi: "What's happening?'' Kazi asked with her voice in a panic.
Lando: "He found us."
Kazi: "Oh God." Tears flowed down her face as the driver got out of the car firing shots too.
Lando: "We need to get out of here."
Kazi: "Where will we go?"
Lando: "I dont know but I am not letting that monster take my son. It's not happening."
Kazi: "You are right. Take Theo and run into the forest. If Rafael is here I will try and stall him to give you a headstart."
Lando: "Kazi I am pregnant how will I run with a baby on my back and another in my stomach."
Kazi: "Lando I know you