Chapter 2

I attempt opening my mouth but she continues talking .

"Meeting you at the center changed my life in the way I can never imagine I have 2 children 12 year old twins but I've never been a mother to them. You taught me how to be a Mother and love someone unconditionally I fail to explain how but when you came to the center I fell in love with you I don't know why because I meet children in your situation almost everyday in my line of work " she says between her tears.

I'm very confused by what's she's saying I mean sure I also liked her and I saw that she liked me too but I didn't realise that it's so deep. I walk to sit next to her and I hug her tight she doesn't stop crying instead she cries louder. It takes a few minutes until she calms down I hug her one last time and I go back to my seat.

"I'm really sorry I didn't mean to break down like that. I don't feel to good baby I'm sorry but I'll have to cut our day short I need to rest " she says wiping her tears

"It's not a problem Mah you definitely need to sleep" I say

"I will call you soon I'd like you to meet my family before I leave." She says

We hug each other one last time and we go our separate ways. I am still puzzled by what just happened I am trying to figure what caused that episode Maybe Carol has a bad past maybe she didn’t want to have children why else would she say she didn’t mother her children I feel sorry for her.

I take out my phone and call Luhle but he doesn't answer his phone. I climb into the taxi to Kwathi and I get off at the shops I walk to Luhles house with him still not answering his phone. The yard is full there are very nice cars parked outside the gate there's a large tent which is decorated very beautifully.

I walk through the gate and walk straight to Luhles room luckily it's open and I walk inside his niece is sleeping on the bed. I spot his phone on the bedside table so I just give up and sit on the bed hoping he will come to check on his phone or his niece.

My phone drops to the floor when I see Langa walking in he freezes as soon as he sees me. I feel tears blinding my vision I'm blinking rapidly and my tears just fall.

He walks slowly towards me with every step he takes the more my tears fall. A lot of things are going though my mind until it hits me Luhle and Langa are brothers how did I not pick it up.


A lot of things are going though my mind until it hits me Luhle and Langa are brothers how did I not pick it up.

"Yesintu ? " he finally says

“Langa” I answer wiping my tears

“I came to check on my daughter “he says walking towards the bed

"Your daughter " I say but He doesn't answer me

“Langa “I say again

how did I not pick it up.

"Yesintu ? " he finally says

“Langa” I answer wiping my tears

“I came to check on my daughter “he says walking towards the bed

"Your daughter " I say but He doesn't answer me

“Langa “I say again my tears are falling hysterically

“Yesintu I went to the river everyday for 6 months 6 months Yesintu but you were never there. I gave up when your sister’s friend told me that you were released from the center and you are living in JHB with a man “ he says with a straight face

“And you believed her?” I say

"Quite frankly I did Yesintu you didn't come back for me for us " he says he's now shouting and he's also crying

"Langa you are shouting where were you when I was sentenced dammit I needed you to be there do you know how hard it was being in that center for a whole year alone? do you? Langa you said you loved me" I say also shouting

"What's going on here " Luhle says shouting when he walks in

Both of us keep quiet we don't take our eyes off each other Luhle is standing between us and keep turning his head to look at each of us.
"Why are you guys down each other's throats" he asks

"Yesintu dammit I'm talking to you" he says when both of us don’t answer him

"Ask your girlfriend to tell you how we met a year ago " Langa says and attempts to walk but Luhle grabs his arm

"Is she the girl you were stressed about a while back ? "

"No she's not she's your girlfriend " he says and walks out.

Luhle turns and looks at me I look down when I see his facial expression I can't read it his eyes are bloodshed red.

"So which one of us do you really love ? " he says

"Luhluthando how can you even ask me that "? I say shouting and walking out.

I'm really angry after 3 months he asks me who I love I know 3 months is short but it was long enough for me to know who I love Sure I did feel something for Langa but that was months ago and plus I didn't know him and Langa are brothers.

I find his cousins in the rondavel drinking and talking so I sit with them.

“Skwiza” they say when I walk in. I don’t answer them instead I grab a glass and I down it I didn’t even see what was inside it tastes horrible

We carry on drinking and laughing it’s the first time in my life drinking alcohol my knees are weak and I am laughing a lot I’ve drunk about 5 glasses and I’m still carrying on.

We carry on drinking until Luhle’s mom walks in and tells us to go to bed. I attempt standing up but I don’t feel good so I sit down again I have a banging headache suddenly I feel the urge to vomit I ignore the headache and I run outside and vomit it goes on for more than 15 minutes Luhle’s mom gives me water in a jug to drink my hands are shaking I can’t even hold it she hands it to me and it falls after that it is lights out.


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