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Chapter 7


FRIDAY MORNING


(Nomathingo woke up with a Wolf in her room. it was just staring at her while she was laying in bed) 


Nomathingo : Why are you messing up my life Othunyiweyo? 


(The wolf was just staring at her) 


Nomathingo : I'm talking to you. You know what you did to me last night. Get out of my room. 


(The Wolf bowed its head) 


Nomathingo : You were supposed to be my guardian but you are the one who destroys my life. Get out!! 


(The Wolf disappeared. Nomathingo stepped out of bed. She felt lower abdominal pain and she felt wet between her thighs. She cried and tried to walk but the pain was unbearable. Someone knocked on her door. She opened the door and crawled back to her bed and covered her thighs with a blanket. Alondwe walked in) 


Alondwe : Noma are you ok? Why are you crying? 


Nomathingo : I'm not crying 


Alondwe : You are. What's going on? 


Nomathingo : No I'm just nervous about today. 


Alondwe : Oh Nana. Everything is going to be fine. If they don't choose you Cetshwayo will do everything to protect you. 


Nomathingo : King Benzangakhona will banish me. This my last chance dadewethu 


(Nomathingo experienced severe cramps and she flinched pressing her abdomen) 


Alondwe : Noma are you sick? 


Nomathingo : It's just a headache sisi don't worry. 


Alondwe : I'm going to call Cetshwayo. 


Nomathingo : No no no. Please don't. I'm going to be fine 


Alondwe : Are you sure? 


Nomathingo : Yes. Please give me something for pain if you have any. 


Alondwe : I don't have any. Maybe maSibisi can help you. 


Nomathingo : No. 


Alondwe : What do you mean No? 


Nomathingo : I had a dream last night. A bizzare one. 


Alondwe : Bizzare? How? 


Nomathingo : I was sleeping with a wolf.


Alondwe : Sleeping with a wolf? 


Nomathingo : Yes. Not just sleeping but you know? Sleeping sleeping 


Alondwe : As in having sex with a Wolf? 


Nomathingo : Yes 


Alondwe : Hhaibo Noma!! 


(Alondwe was shocked) 


Nomathingo : I'm scared Alondwe. I am so scared 


Alondwe : Are you serious? 


Nomathingo : Yes


(Alondwe laughed) 


Alondwe : Ay unamanga wena. This is just one of your tricks 


Nomathingo : What tricks? 


Alondwe : Wena nje angisakuqondi. Every time you have to attend Umgidi you come up with silly excuses. 


Nomathingo : Do you think I'm lying? 


Alondwe : Do you really want me to tell you what I think? 


Nomathingo : Please 


Alondwe : I think you are no longer a virgin and that is the reason why you didn't attend uMgidi last week and today you are pretending to be sick so that you won't attend today's ceremony. 


Nomathingo : That is not true Alondwe. 


Alondwe : What is true Nomathingo? 


(Silence) 


Alondwe : Who took your virginity? 


Nomathingo : No one. I'm still pure Alondwe


Alondwe : Then stop all this nonsense. I had a dream.. I had a dream. What dream? Nonsense. Get out of that bed and come help me emakhosini.


(Nomathingo was so disappointed by her sister's unpleasant reaction. Alondwe walked out ) 


(Nomathingo dragged herself out of the bed and went to the rondavel where she found maSibisi washing dishes) 


maSibisi : Who was supposed to wash the dishes last night? 


Nomathingo : Alondwe. 


maSibisi : And she didn't. I had to wake up and wash dishes instead of doing laundry 


(Nomathingo was on her knees blowing the fire and the smoke suffocated the house) 


maSibisi : Saze safa intuthu Thingo. What's going on? Zimanzi izinkuni? 


Nomathingo : I think so Mah or maybe I need to throw away these ashes and make the fire all over again. 


maSibisi : Do that. Singaze sife 


( Nomathingo tried to stand up but the pain was unbearable. She screamed. maSibisi rushed to her) 


maSibisi : What's wrong? Did you burn yourself?


Nomathingo : No mama. It's period pains 


maSibisi : I'm so sorry mntanami. I have imbiza that will help you with isilumo. Wait here 


(maSibisi rushed out and she came back with a small bottle of traditional medicine. She took a spoon and gave it to Nomathingo) 


maSibisi : Here. Drink that and you should be fine after drinking it. 


Nomathingo : Mhmm it tastes terrible 


maSibisi : Imbiza Thingo. What do you expect? Lie down a bit. 


(maSibisi helped Nomathingo to lay down on a cowhide rug.)


maSibisi : You have to be fine Thingo. You can't miss uMgidi today 


Nomathingo : I'm going to be fine Mah. 


(Cetshwayo walked in) 


Cetshwayo : Yini unani u Nomathingo? 


MaSibisi : She is not feeling well Cetshwayo but it's nothing you should worry about. Uzoba right umntwana 


Cetshwayo : Nomathingo what's wrong? Kubuhlungu kuphi? 


Nomathingo : Isilumo Nzwakele. I'll be fine baba. Mah gave me some medicine 


Cetshwayo : Please be fine Ndodakazi yami. You can't miss uMgidi 


Nomathingo : I know Nzwakele. 


(Nomathingo was happy when the pain got better and better) 


maSibisi : I heard that King Bayede and his Prince Dingaan are the ones coming today. 


(Cetshwayo deep sighed) 


Cetshwayo : Jah. They are going to slaughter a cow Esigcawini 


maSibisi : Haibo! Ngempela? 


Cetshwayo : Yes. The chosen lady will have to wear uMhlwehlwe to prove that she is still a virgin. After what happened to Mtolo's daughter

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don't worry. 


Alondwe : I'm going to call Cetshwayo. 


Nomathingo : No no no. Please don't. I'm going to be fine 


Alondwe : Are you sure? 


Nomathingo : Yes. Please give me something for pain if you have any. 


Alondwe : I don't have any. Maybe maSibisi can help you. 


Nomathingo : No. 


Alondwe : What do you mean No? 


Nomathingo : I had a dream last night. A bizzare one. 


Alondwe : Bizzare? How? 


Nomathingo : I was sleeping with a wolf.


Alondwe : Sleeping with a wolf? 


Nomathingo : Yes. Not just sleeping but you know? Sleeping sleeping 


Alondwe : As in having sex with a Wolf? 


Nomathingo : Yes 


Alondwe : Hhaibo Noma!! 


(Alondwe was shocked) 


Nomathingo : I'm scared Alondwe. I am so scared 


Alondwe : Are you serious? 


Nomathingo : Yes


(Alondwe laughed) 


Alondwe : Ay unamanga wena. This is just one of your tricks 


Nomathingo : What tricks? 


Alondwe : Wena nje angisakuqondi. Every time you have to attend Umgidi you come up with silly excuses. 


Nomathingo : Do you think I'm lying? 


Alondwe : Do you really want me to tell you what I think? 


Nomathingo : Please 


Alondwe : I think you are no longer a virgin and that is the reason why you didn't attend uMgidi last week and today you are pretending to be sick so that you won't attend today's ceremony. 


Nomathingo : That is not true Alondwe. 


Alondwe : What is true Nomathingo? 


(Silence) 


Alondwe : Who took your virginity? 


Nomathingo : No one. I'm still pure Alondwe


Alondwe : Then stop all this nonsense. I had a dream.. I had a dream. What dream? Nonsense. Get out of that bed and come help me emakhosini.


(Nomathingo was so disappointed by her sister's unpleasant reaction. Alondwe walked out ) 


(Nomathingo dragged herself out of the bed and went to the rondavel where she found maSibisi washing dishes) 


maSibisi : Who was supposed to wash the dishes last night? 


Nomathingo : Alondwe. 


maSibisi : And she didn't. I had to wake up and wash dishes instead of doing laundry 


(Nomathingo was on her knees blowing the fire and the smoke suffocated the house) 


maSibisi : Saze safa intuthu Thingo. What's going on? Zimanzi izinkuni? 


Nomathingo : I think so Mah or maybe I need to throw away these ashes and make the fire all over again. 


maSibisi : Do that. Singaze sife 


( Nomathingo tried to stand up but the pain was unbearable. She screamed. maSibisi rushed to her) 


maSibisi : What's wrong? Did you burn yourself?


Nomathingo : No mama. It's period pains 


maSibisi : I'm so sorry mntanami. I have imbiza that will help you with isilumo. Wait here 


(maSibisi rushed out and she came back with a small bottle of traditional medicine. She took a spoon and gave it to Nomathingo) 


maSibisi : Here. Drink that and you should be fine after drinking it. 


Nomathingo : Mhmm it tastes terrible 


maSibisi : Imbiza Thingo. What do you expect? Lie down a bit. 


(maSibisi helped Nomathingo to lay down on a cowhide rug.)


maSibisi : You have to be fine Thingo. You can't miss uMgidi today 


Nomathingo : I'm going to be fine Mah. 


(Cetshwayo walked in) 


Cetshwayo : Yini unani u Nomathingo? 


MaSibisi : She is not feeling well Cetshwayo but it's nothing you should worry about. Uzoba right umntwana 


Cetshwayo : Nomathingo what's wrong? Kubuhlungu kuphi? 


Nomathingo : Isilumo Nzwakele. I'll be fine baba. Mah gave me some medicine 


Cetshwayo : Please be fine Ndodakazi yami. You can't miss uMgidi 


Nomathingo : I know Nzwakele. 


(Nomathingo was happy when the pain got better and better) 


maSibisi : I heard that King Bayede and his Prince Dingaan are the ones coming today. 


(Cetshwayo deep sighed) 


Cetshwayo : Jah. They are going to slaughter a cow Esigcawini 


maSibisi : Haibo! Ngempela? 


Cetshwayo : Yes. The chosen lady will have to wear uMhlwehlwe to prove that she is still a virgin. After what happened to Mtolo's daughter King Bayede is not willing to take any chances. 


maSibisi : I heard about that girl. She has no shame. 


Cetshwayo : Yes. King Bayede wants to make sure that they leave with a pure maiden. 


maSibisi : I think that is a good idea Cetshwayo. I think they should all do that in the future 


Cetshwayo : Exactly 


(Nomathingo was praying in silence for Prince Dingaan to choose her that day) 



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