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Chapter 3


(Cetshwayo wrapped Gugulethu's body with a blanket. He finished and leaned on Insika. Shangase walked in. He was their neighbor) 


Shangase : Nzwakele 


(Shangase removed his cap from his head and squashed it) 


Cetshwayo : Mzukulwane ka Mvula 


Shangase : My deepest condolences to you and your family Cetshwayo. Gugu was a wonderful young woman. 


Cetshwayo : She is gone Mkheshane. My daughter took her own life. 


Shangase : Everything happens for a reason Cetshwayo. 


Cetshwayo : I failed to fight for my daughter. She killed herself because she didn't want to marry Prince Sizanani and I forced her to do it. 


Shangase : Okwenzekile kufana nokudaliwe. Qina Cetshwayo 


Cetshwayo : Is her grave ready? 


Shangase : Yebo Cetshwayo. They want to know if they can come in to help you with her body. 


Cetshwayo : Please call my daughters first before we go. 


Shangase : King Benzangakhona needs to come in first and hit her 


(Yes in Emalahleni village if someone dies in the same way as Gugulethu The king hits their body and shouts at the body To prevent such tragedy from repeating itself) 


Cetshwayo : No. I will do it myself. Gugulethu is my daughter not Benzangakhona's. 


(He grabbed his sjambok and started hitting Gugulethu's body gently) 


Cetshwayo : What you did was wrong Gugulethu! No one must repeat what you did in this Cetshwayo family! Let it be the first and last time someone commit suicide la ko Cetshwayo. I forgive you my daughter now Go and never look back. May all the Cetshwayo's welcome you with warm hands. Sengathi umphefumulo wakho ungalala ngokuthula


(Cetshwayo groaned) 


Shangase : It's ok Cetshwayo. Everything is going to be just fine 


(Alondwe and Nomathingo walked in. Alondwe seemed distant and lost. It was hard for her to believe that her sister was no more. Both Alondwe and Cetshwayo never shed tears which was very strange but it was easy to spot the pain in their eyes. Nomathingo was the only one who cried constantly) 


Cetshwayo : Stop crying now Nomathingo and say goodbye to your sister 


Nomathingo : I can't baba. I can't 


Cetshwayo : And you Alondwe? 


(Alondwe shook her head while staring into space. She seemed deep in her thoughts) 


Cetshwayo : Mkheshane please tell them to come in. 


(There was this rule in Emalahleni village

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which was very strange but it was easy to spot the pain in their eyes. Nomathingo was the only one who cried constantly) 


Cetshwayo : Stop crying now Nomathingo and say goodbye to your sister 


Nomathingo : I can't baba. I can't 


Cetshwayo : And you Alondwe? 


(Alondwe shook her head while staring into space. She seemed deep in her thoughts) 


Cetshwayo : Mkheshane please tell them to come in. 


(There was this rule in Emalahleni village If a man has no wife and it happens that he loses a family member only men were allowed to attend that funeral. The body was buried only during the night That was also one of their traditions.) 


(It was dark when Cetshwayo and other men walked down with Gugulethu's body to her grave. As soon as they were done everyone washed their hands emuswaneni and went to the house to eat) 


( Everyone was gone and Cetshwayo was having a meeting with Prince Sizanani and King Mzwengezwi. It must have been tough for them too. Nomathingo was in her room trying to live with the fact that her sister is gone. Alondwe walked in) 


Nomathingo : Dadewethu 


Alondwe : It was you Right? 


(Nomathingo was puzzled by her sister's question) 


Nomathingo : It was me who did what? 


Alondwe : It was you Nomathingo. You killed my sister 


(Nomathingo felt a shooting pain in her chest and she pressed it) 


Nomathingo : Angikuzwa Alondwe. Uthini kumina? 


Alondwe : I'm telling you that you killed my sister. You killed Gugu!!! 


Nomathingo : Dadewethu please calm down 


Alondwe : Don't touch me!! 


Nomathingo : Ok ok I understand that you are upset. We are all upset What Gugul…. 


Alondwe : Don't mention my sister's name. Was it about Sizanani? Were you jealous? 


Nomathingo : Alondwe stop it!!! 


Alondwe : Answer my question!! Is that why you killed her? Over a man? 


(Nomathingo sighed) 


Nomathingo : I would never kill my sister. Gugulethu was everything to me 


Alondwe : Stop lying! Why was she in your room? 


Nomathingo : She couldn't sleep Alondwe. She wanted someone to speak to 


Alondwe : You are lying and you know it. Just admit it Nomathingo You were jealous because Gugu was the chosen one. You were jealous because no man saw you fit enough to be a wife. You were jealous Noma!! Say it! 


Nomathingo : I was so happy for Gugulethu 


Alondwe : Stop! Just stop. Nomathingo nothing will ever work out for you. You will die alone with no husband and no kids. Uyathakatha Nomathingo! You are a witch! I hope you burn in hell. 


(Nomathingo couldn't control her tears from falling. Cetshwayo walked in) 


Cetshwayo : Kwenzekani la? What is all this noise? 


Alondwe : Baba this woman needs to leave our home. 


Cetshwayo : Which woman?


Alondwe : This woman! Nomathingo! She needs to go. She killed your daughter! She killed Gugu


Cetshwayo : Alondwe how dare you? 


Alondwe : It's true! She did it! 


Cetshwayo : No!! 


Alondwe : I want her out of this house now! She is a murderer 


Cetshwayo : Alondwe those are strong accusations 


Alondwe : Why are you defending her Cetshwayo? Are you sleeping with her? Is that wh…. 


(Cetshwayo slapped Alondwe across her face) 


Cetshwayo : You are crossing the line. Have you forgotten who I am? 


(Alondwe rubbed her face while staring at Cetshwayo) 


Cetshwayo : Apologize to your sister. Do it now 


Alondwe : Over my dead body! 


(Nomathingo grabbed her jacket and stormed out) 


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(She ran down to the bush. Her breathing was loud. She sat down. She felt the presence of someone standing behind her) 


Nomathingo : Cetshwayo please go home 


(Silence) 


It's not safe here. Please go back home


(That was not Cetshwayo's voice. She turned around and there was no one. She stood up and looked around. Suddenly there was a sensation of tightness around her hair. There were faint figures around her and weird footsteps. She ran out of the bush heading back home but she bumped into someone who came out of nowhere. It was a man carrying a chain) 


Man : Princess Nomathingo 


(Nomathingo was shocked)


Nomathingo : Who are you and how do you know my name? 


Man : Every princess needs a guardian Nomathingo 


Nomathingo : Who are you? 


Man : Ngingothunyiweyo 


Nomathingo : Sent by who? Please let me go 


Man : Let me guide you Princess 


Nomathingo : No! No! 


(Nomathingo scratched her hair) 


Man : Let me help you with that 


(The man placed his hand on top of Nomathingo's head and the sensation was gone and Nomathingo felt normal again) 


Nomathingo : How did you do that? 


(She looked closely at his face and that is when she realized it was that crazy man Gugulethu told her about.) 


Nomathingo : I've seen you before 


Man : I'm your guardian my princess 


(Nomathingo didn't know what to believe. Was he real or she was just seeing things?)


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