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< Sonia De Villiers >  

After getting rid of those people at the penthouse. I received a call.  

We were on our way back to the office when I got a call from Brendan. He wants to see me. I am sure Isaiah called him. I knew it. I knew he was gonna call him. I should've known he wouldn't waste time as for my husband Instead of working he goes around making time for Isaiah in the middle of his shoots ? I asked him what is the meeting about. He asked if he can't take out his wife. I couldn't say anything After he said that. He is right. A man don't need to have a reason to take his wife out. A real man not him. He wants to meet because he wanna confront me about Isaiah. I am ready for him. I am actually going to tell him what he said the first time. I want them to fight because of me. I will turn them against each other they don't know me.  

Anyway I just got to the restaurant. He saw me. He stood up and pulled out a chair for me Me: Thank you :)  

I sat down. He ordered food for us. I saw food on the table.  

Brendan: I bought your favorite :)  

Me: Thank you :)  

I smiled at him then looked at waiter. He came to us  

Me: Please make this a takeaway for me :)  

Him: Okay ma'am  

He took it then walked away.  

Brendan: What's wrong ? I wante.... _  

Me: I am full. I just ate few minutes ago. I know you're not here to  

eat. You came here to ask me about Isaiah :(  He smiled then looked at me  

Him: Baby he came to work complaining about you. He..... :( _ Me: So I should've just ignored him when he is the one who came to me and told me I shouldn't trust you? :(  Brendan looked shocked  

Brendan: He said that? _  

Me: Yes. He said I shouldn't trust you. I asked him to leave me alone oh.... I also told him I know someone feed him false information about me. He kept denying it ! :(  

Brendan: Baby you need to let this go. You don't wanna start a war with a journalist :D _  

Me: Brend..... _  

The waiter came with my take away. I smiled more like just showed my teeth.  

Me: Thank you :)  

I looked at Brendan.  

Me: Isaiah is the one who is obsessed with our family. In fact it looks like he knows about my marriage more than you and I think. So I think you should be having this coconversation with him not with me. You brought him into our lives. He is your friend :( Brendan: Honey he is not my friend. He...  

Me: He is not your friend but You left everything and came here to confront me about something that happened between him and I? :( Brendan: Like i said I wanted us to have lunch. Tell me about the filming. How did it go with........ _  

I stood up  

Me: You will see it at work when you go there later. I have to go to work :(  

I kissed his cheek. I walked out leaving him eating. I saw some boy outside  

Me: Ain't you hungry ? :)  

Him: I am :) _  

I gave him the takeaway. I went to my car. I got in then drove out. I am so angry at Brendan. He doesn't believe his own wife. He believes some journalist over me.  

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< Narrated >  

At Seputla Towers. In their offices. We see Algebra speaking to Elton outside Priscella's office.  

Elton: Hey I am here to speak to my sister :)  

Algebra: She said she shouldn't be disturbed but I think she can make time for you go in :) Elton: Sure thanks  

Algebra smiled. Elton walked to the office. He knocked. Priscella looked up. The nice thing about her office is that she can see everyone walking around because it's glass wall and door as well is a glass. When she saw it's her brother she looked angry then continued with her work. We see Elton put his hand in his head frustrated. He breath in and out then opened the door.  

Elton: _  

Priscella: Junior I am busy :(  

Elton: Please give me two minutes I won't be long _  

Priscella: You said everything you wanted to say to me upstairs. I don't know what more you want now :(  

Elton: I am here to apologise. Maybe bringing people to the house wasn't the best idea. I apologise. I am sorry. I thought you wouldn't mind  

Priscella chuckled then stood up  

Her: You thought I wouldn't mind ? Do you think I was gonna laugh seeing people in our house with their clothes all over our dinning area are you crazy? :(  

Elton: I don't know why they left the clothes there. I asked them to put them nicely in the living room :(  

Priscella: Are you telling me that you left them alone at dinning room changing? :( He looked down  

Priscella: I called mom and told her this! :(  

Elton: You shouldn't have done that I..... :( _  

Priscella: So you're allowed to tell mom what is happening in my life but I can't tell her how you behave ? :( Elton: Nothing is stolen in the house why..... :(  

Priscella: You're a disappointment in our family! even our father I am sure he is so disappointed in you. Elton you don't use your head.  

You're just acting like a little spoilt brat! :(  

Elton: You're insulting me now! I didn't come here for that :( He walked to the door.  

Priscella: Go on and mess up again. I will be behind you to fix your mess! :(  

He walked out and slammed the door  

Priscella: You break it you will never get allowance from me till it's fixed! :(  

Priscella clicked her tongue then sat down. Sonia walked in.  

Sonia: I heard the yelling from a distance why was he here ? :) _ Priscella: I don't know because that didn't look like an apology. If he can't see he is an arse hole then he will never change. I am so tired of him. I don't know why he doesn't go to US and live with mom! :(  

Sonia: It is not that easy to live in USA :D  

Priscella: He can go on a student visa or something. He is just stressing me out ! I want to propose it to mom. He must leave. I can see mom don't see how spoilt he is. I want him to annoy her so she can see what I have to deal with :(  

Sonia: Friend you're serious about this? EJ won't leave. He has fans now and a reality show. I doubt he would want to go live in another country and start from the bottom :D  

Priscella: He is making me angry. Anyway how did it go with  

Brendan? :(  

Sonia sat down  

Sonia: Don't start with me :(  Priscella looked at Sonia  

Priscella: That bad ? :( _  

Sonia: Friend it's monday. Brendan don't get breaks in his show more especially after they took a long break. That man got a call from  Isaiah. He came fast to confront me :(  

Priscella: He confronted you ? _  

Sonia: He lied and said he wanted to have lunch but he ended up doing exactly what he said he didn't come to do :(  

Priscella: He defended him ? :(  

Sonia: He did. I stood up and left. I didn't even eat his food. That man disgust me. Did you check from the PI? :(  

Priscella: He will contact us when he has something. We did say he must focus on his other jobs as well. I just want you to be patient friend :) _  

Sonia: Till when? Friend please call that PI. I am going to pay him.  

He must make this a priority  :(  

Priscella: I will call him  :)  

Sonia: Please ! I want this to end soon :(  

Algebra knocked at the door. Priscella looked at her watch. She asked him to come in Priscella: It's time :D  

Algebra walked in  

Sonia: It's time I should go pack my stuff as well  :)  

Algebra: Do you need anything ma'am before I leave ? :) Priscella: 

No! I can see you're in a hurry. Eating out with your sis again? :D  

Sonia smiled looking at Algebra  

Algebra: I am going to a blind date. I am so nervous :D Priscella: I thought you said you're done with Johanesburg men already ? :D  

Algebra: This one seems so nice. He has been begging me for a while.  

Ever since I got here actually. I want to give him a chance :)  

Priscella: Well good luck dear :D  

Algebra: I will need it :D  

Sonia: You said it's a blind date who knows. You might be going on a date with some creep :D  

Algebra: Like the one I met the time I got to Jozi  :D  

Priscella: You didn't tell me what happened :D  Algebra's phone rang  

Him: Guys it's him I will see you later _♂ :D They waved at him. He walked out.  

Priscella: He is a nice fun guy. I hope the man is who he says he is  

:)  

Sonia: Yeah poor thing he doesn't know anyone in Joburg :D  

Priscella: Exactly :D  

Sonia: Let's go home it's late :D  

Priscella: Yeah let me send this email first :D She opened her laptop.  

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Downstairs at Bakery. We see Algebra walking out of the Elevator. He looked around trying to spot where his date was sitting. A guy raised his hand smiling.  

Algebra: This bastard catfished me ! :(  

He said between his lips then walked to him smiling. The guy stood up  

Him: I know I am not the person in the pic. I thought maybe you might not like me :D _  

Algebra looked annoyed but he kept his cool. He didn't shake his hand. He sat down. The guy sat down also  

Guy: I guess I deserve that :) _  

Algebra: Dude I sent you my pic. Why did you lie? You're not even bad looking. Why did you have to do this ? :( .  

Guy: I am sorry. Most people know me in this city. So I thought using someone else picture will help me secure a date :D A waiter joined them.  

Algebra: Water please :(  

Guy: Me too. We will order later :)  

The waiter walked away. The guy looked at Algebra  

Him: I am really sorry :)  

Algebra smiled  

Algebra: It's okay. Are you even Tashreeq? :D  

Guy: Yes I am :D  

" Wait Isaiah Norman? " said a guy behind them.  

Isaiah: _  

So the guy is Isaiah Norman. Algebra looked at him angry. The waiter brought their water. Isaiah stood up. He was So embarrassed. He  looked at the guy who was greeting him  

Isaiah: Do I know you? :) _  

Guy: I am not sure but I am a photographer. The one who was doing the housewives photo shoot :D Isaiah: Oh okay nice to see you again  :D  

Guy: Cool. Let me not dustub you guys  :)  

Isiah: Okay later :D  

He walked away. Isaiah sat down  

Isaiah: I can explai..... :) _  

Algebra stood up. He took his glass and threw water at Isaiah  

Isaiah: What the fuck !? :( _  

Algebra: First of all. I don't do boys like you! I do man who look manly! I sat here because I was trying to be nice to you. Honey you look bottom to me and that's a turn off ! :( Algebra attempted to walk away. He turned around.  

Algebra: If you were hoping to get closer to me so you can get information about my boss well you failed try another strategy. This one was an epic fail sister! :(  

Isaiah: Firstly I don't know your boss secondly don't call me that! I am no girl _ Algebra chucked  

Algebra: funny your body language disagrees with you :) He walked away. People were looking at them. Isaiah stood up shaking his head smiling at everyone. He did the walk of shame walking out the building..  

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< Judge Nomakhosazana >  

I don't know why I am feeling like this. I don't know why I am even surprised to find out that my brother in law's wife is trying to murder me. Somehow I knew her hate would lead to something. I knew one day she will say this is enough. I want to end this once and for all. I knew she was/ is dramatic and so hateful but I didn't think she would go as far as trying to murder me. What is Wrong with her. Why is this woman doing this? Why is she trying to ruin her life when we are trying so hard to protect it from happening? What do we do when things are falling apart like this? This is a time where we should be celebrating our success and the recognition we got from the house of traditional healers. What did I ever do to Hlohlesakhe's wife? I never fall apart. I never fall apart in front of anyone but this. This made me so emotional. So many things are coming to my mind. Nomaxabiso saved my life but I feel like I wasn't there for her when I should have. 

I feel like I should've fought for her to stay at the Royal house. I didn't do that. I am sure she regrets trying to save my life. This is too much.  

How do you tell someone that their wife was trying to harm you ? How do you do that without hurting people in the process? There are children here. They are in the middle of it all. Breaking that marriage would affect my brother in law's kids. He has two kids with that woman. Those kids don't live with him. They spend most of their time in boarding schools. If Nontorotyi leaves she'd have to leave with them because they are young. My brother in law wouldn't be able to see his kids grow up when he saw a child that wasn't his grow up to be the woman she is. This is so hard for me because I am a pillar of this family. I am the one who makes sure there is peace. I can't really be the one who is destroying this family. I am caught between telling my brother in law and keeping it from him.. I don't know what to do. I don't think i have the energy or strength to keep another secret from Chief Khabalandile. This is heavy in my shoulders. I don't know what to do. I don't know what to think. I am scared and angry. I am angry that I have to protect a woman who wouldn't think twice before throwing me under the bus. I know she would push me in a heart beat. She wants me dead. I didn't know how much she wanted me dead but right now I just know how much. I know more than anything she wants to see me no more.  

Nontorotyi is dangerous. What terrifies me more is the fact that she is working with someone now. Two is better than one. She formed this alliance to kill me. What kills me the most is the fact that i don't know who is this person she is working with. I don't know any old enemy of mine. I don't know what is going on here. Who could want me dead? I never wronged anyone before Who could want me dead besides Nontorotyi Dimbaza?  

Me: __  

Princess: Sisi please stand up before people notice you sitting like that 

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I wiped my tears. I looked at her.  

Me: Who did I ever wrong in this village? _ Princess: 

Not here. In Mqanduli!  

Me: That's the thing! I don't know anyone from there! Do you think maybe it's someone I gave a harsh sentence ? __  

Princess: My Queen. I think the only person who can tell us who this person is will be Gedleza himself :( Me: Ask someone to go summon him :( _  

Princess: No my Queen ! :(  

Me: No? __  

Princess: You and I need to drive to Gedleza's hut and consult. He needs to stop saying things in riddles. He must he straight up with us  

! :(  

Me: You're right and he never speaks in riddles when he comes as his real self :( __  

Princess: Exactly! now lets go  

We walked to the car. I hope he gives us the answers we need. I have to prepare myself. I am not going to die. There is a lot I need to do. I need to help my son. I want to work alongside him teaching him everything. Anyway we got in the car. We drove to Gedleza's house. He doesn't live far from us because we need him everyday.We arrived. I got out of the car. I cannot wait for him to tell us who is this old enemy of mine. I walked inside. My sister in law locked the car then ran after me. I knocked and waited. I attempted to knock again. I 

heard him asking me to come in. I got in.  Me: Gedleza :(  

Him: My Queen it's an honour to have your here my Queen :D _  Me: :(  

My sister in law walked in. They greeted each other. I wish i came here to chitchat but I am not.  

Gedleza: I see the Royal house came to see me today it's always been the other way.... :D _  

Me: Gedleza the ancestors came to the Royal house using you of course :( Gedleza: _  

Me: As their pipe to give us a message :(  

Gedleza: Okay. I have no idea about that but let me call the ancestors _  

He started doing his thing calling the ancestors. moving around hitting a stick on the floor listening. He would look like some of the things shocked him. We were just sitting looking at him.  

Us: _  

After five minutes of sitting looking at him..He finally looked at us. Gedleza: The ancestors just told me what happened at the Royal house. Do you have the poison with you ? _  

I looked at my sister in law. She took it out. Gedleza took it. He opened the paper. We saw his eyes popped out.  

Me: What is it ? _  

Gedleza: You were gonna die before you got to the hospital _ Princess Nomagampompo looked at me.  

Me: __  

Gedleza: She asked Nomaxabiso to poison you. Nomaxabiso agreed because... ey..... ey __  

He started crying shaking his head no..He looked at us.  

Gedleza: Nomaxabiso had the same goal as the ancestors regarding the secret __  

Me: How so? Does she know about Ngejiwe ? _  

He shook his head no  

Gedleza: Nomaxabiso knew Nontorotyi was a problem. She made sure she'd find something that will neutralise Nontorotyi. 

Something that will make her behave and respect you my Queen _ Princess: She wanted to instil peace in the Royal house? _  

Gedleza: That's the exact words the ancestors used ! _ :) Me: If Nomaxabiso did that then why the ancestors don't want to accept her ? _  

Gedleza: Because she is a liar! She is not honest. She betrayed everyone. Nomaxabiso is the reason King Zwelicacile broke his promise to the family. She is the reason King Zwelicacile met his first wife. He felt the need to follow his heart because the ancestors let him after She it's an honour to have your here my Queen :D _  Me: :(  

My sister in law walked in. They greeted each other. I wish i came here to chitchat but I am not.  

Gedleza: I see the Royal house came to see me today it's always been the other way.... :D _  

Me: Gedleza the ancestors came to the Royal house using you of course :( Gedleza: _  

Me: As their pipe to give us a message :(  

Gedleza: Okay. I have no idea about that but let me call the ancestors _  

He started doing his thing calling the ancestors. moving around hitting a stick on the floor listening. He would look like some of the things shocked him. We were just sitting looking at him.  

Us: _  

After five minutes of sitting looking at him..He finally looked at us. Gedleza: The ancestors just told me what happened at the Royal house. Do you have the poison with you ? _  

I looked at my sister in law. She took it out. Gedleza took it. He opened the paper. We saw his eyes popped out.  

Me: What is it ? _  

Gedleza: You were gonna die before you got to the hospital _ Princess Nomagampompo looked at me.  

Me: __  

Gedleza: She asked Nomaxabiso to poison you. Nomaxabiso agreed because... ey..... ey __  

He started crying shaking his head no..He looked at us.  

Gedleza: Nomaxabiso had the same goal as the ancestors regarding the secret __  

Me: How so? Does she know about Ngejiwe ? _  

He shook his head no  

Gedleza: Nomaxabiso knew Nontorotyi was a problem. She made sure she'd find something that will neutralise Nontorotyi. 

Something that will make her behave and respect you my Queen _ Princess: She wanted to instil peace in the Royal house? _  

Gedleza: That's the exact words the ancestors used ! _ :) Me: If Nomaxabiso did that then why the ancestors don't want to accept her ? _  

Gedleza: Because she is a liar! She is not honest. She betrayed everyone. Nomaxabiso is the reason King Zwelicacile broke his promise to the family. She is the reason King Zwelicacile met his first wife. He felt the need to follow his heart because the ancestors let him after She Nomaxabiso betrayed them  

Me: You said there is hell to pay! Why my son is being punished when he was given A permission by the ancestors? _  

Gedleza: Promise my Queen! The King made a promise. He broke the promise.. He broke the family tradition. He has to pay for that ! :(  

Me: Okay! That is not why we are her...... _  

He didn't let me finish. He reached for his little bag that was created with a goat skin.  

Gedleza: You want to know who is this old enemy :(  

I sat up straight  

Me: Yes! Who is she....? _  

Princess: Or He!? _  

Gedleza shook his bones. He asked me to blow. He started calling upon ancestors to help us.  Gedleza: Oh....... ? _ I looked at him  

Me: What is it? Tell us ! _  

Gedleza: I don't know this woman __  

Gedleza looked scared. He moved backwards . He got to the wall and leaned on it  

Me: So it's a woman? _  

He looked at me  

Gedleza: Not just any woman. A powerful woman. A woman who has been blocking everything from me. She managed to make sure I don't see some of the things that were happening! I feel played! __  

He looked at us  

Gedleza: I feel outplayed _  

Princess: Discribe her to us ! _  

He started thinking shaking his head with his eyes closed. He was looking up. I was impatiently waiting.  

Me: Please describe her ! __  

He opened his eyes. He stood up  Him: I didn't know this...... _ He started walking around.  

Me: What ? Please quit your riddles now ! We have no time.  

Nontorotyi is there with her as we speak ! __  

Gedleza turned around. He looked at us  

Gedleza: I didn't know there was a healer before my father.. Who is she ? __  

I felt weak. Tears streamed down my cheeks  

Princess: Oh My God _  

I tried to stand up but I couldn't. I was crying more than that I was furious.  

Gedleza: Who is she ? I managed to stand up  Me: Nontsingizi.....__  

Gedleza: Who ? _  

I looked at him  

Me: She goes by the name Zinyovile........ __  

Gedleza: _  

Me: Nkosesizwe's lover __  

Gedleza: _  

Me: I wanted that bitch dead. I had her locked up in the old houses behind the Royal house. Someone helped her escape __  

Princess: _  

Gedleza: The good thing my Queen is that she is blocked from  

causing harm to the Royal house _  I looked at Gedleza  

Me: I want to know who helped her escape __ Gedleza looked down.  

Me: Was it Nontorotyi? I swear.... __  

Gedleza: No! it was not her _  

Me: Then who was it ? __  

Gedleza: I feel like I said too much already my Queen :) _  Me: You work for Me! Tell Me who did! __ He looked down.  

Gedleza: I can't _  

I took my shoes. I walked out. Nomagampompo walked out as well. I opened the door of the car. We got in the car..  

Nomagampompo: Who do you think did this? _  

Me: I don't know but the good thing is Siqalo knows where  

Nontsingizi lives. I am going to kill her like I planned to _  

Nomagampompo: _  

That woman slept with my husband. I found them at her hut together having sex. I lied to my husband. I said a forgave that bitch. I went there at night. I took her and tied her up in that house. I don't know who saw her. I made sure no one could see her. My husband loved that dirty woman. That bitch used love potion on my husband. I hated her with passion. When she escaped I had to come clean to my husband. I told him what I did. He lied to people and told them we fired her because he had an affair with her. He did that to protect me because people respected me and the reason he told them about the affair was because everyone besides me already knew. Apparently they were lovers before he married me.  

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< Nontorotyi >  

This woman is not serious. I hate how She acts like my friend then all of the sudden She builds mountains for me to crawl on to get to where I want. She always do or give me the impossible tasks. I can't believe what she just said. She said I should encourage my husband to find a second wife. Is this woman serious? I don't think i can let another woman into our lives. I can't invite another woman to be in my house. First of all I have to think about our finances. Adding another wife will mean less privileges for me. It would mean I won't get the same amount I am getting from my husband. I cannot accept that. I just can't. I don't know what to do. Again I wish I didn't come here or asked her. She did say I won't like her answer. Why my life is so complicated. Why am I not getting a break? I am faced with challenge after another. I am so scared that Nomakhosazana will know I came here. We have to leave here and call Siqalo before he goes and report to the Queen but before that. I have to make sure I shut down all this second wife nonsense. It is just not happening.  

Anyway I stood up. I walked around. I felt myself brush my back. I slapped her hand.  

Me: You're not hoping that I will consider this! :( _  

Sabonkolo: Well sisi Zinyovile said it's the only choice you have. She did say you won't like it and besides. We said anything to make sure your family don't fall apart _  

Me: The only person who is helping people ruin my life is your husband! Call him! He can't tell Nomakhosazana I am here ! :( _  

Sabonkolo took her phone Zinyovile snatched the phone from her  

Me: What are you doing ? :(  

Zinyovile looked away. She looked scared. She was listening attentively to whoever was talking to her  

Me: The time is ticking. Give her the phone! :( __  

Zinyovile: He already told them but they don't...... _  

Zinyovile looked at us. She had her hands in her mouth. She really looked scared now  

Zinyovile: Oh that bastard _  

Sabonkolo: My husband? :( _  

Zinyovile: No! Zinza-Zenja's son! That pig told them you came to me..... __  

Me: You look scared ! You look scared Zinyovile. What is happening tell us ? __  

She ran to her herbs. She started packing them  

Me: What are you doing ? :( _  

She looked at me  

Zinyovile: Nkosesizwe's wife is going to kill me! She is going to finish what she started __  

Me: Wait what do you mean what she started She tried to kill you before ? _  

Zinyovile looked away avoiding eye contact  

Me: I thought you were fired ? _  

Zinyovile: She is planning my murder __  

Me: So you're the person she is gonna kill soon? __ She looked at me.  

Zinyovile: No it's not me but I could be one of them if I was gonna let her. I am not going to stay here Anymore! Get out! I have to run away! _  

Me: But Zinyovile I have to know where you live. Why don't you let  

us take you wherever you wanna go ? __  

Zinyovile: I think that is the last of your worries _  

Me: What do you mean? __  

Zinyovile: You should worry about what you gonna say when The  

Queen confronts you for trying to kill her ! _  

I put both my hands on my mouth shocked. What is this woman talking about  

Me: She knows? ___  

Zinyovile: What else would Nomakhosazana wanna kill me for? _  

Sabonkolo: __  

Me: For sleeping with her husband in the past perha.... __ Zinyovile: Nomakhosazana knows I was your accomplice in  attempting to murder her! _ Me: Oh My God ___  


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