~ Londeka ~
I saw Nomandla coming to the kitchen running. She looked like someone who has seen a ghost. I dried my hands
Me: what is it? There is a frog in the bathroom?
Nomandla: I am losing my job today
Me: Tell me what happened? Did you break something
She was breathing heavily looking very scared she looked at the bathroom
Nomandla: Mr Lawson is in there
Me: Then why do you look scared?
She came to my ear
Her: I found him naked
Me: No! No! Please don’t tell him I asked you to clean just say you thought he left
Her: Okay but I can’t face him! When he gets out of there he will want to talk to me Me: Okay breath in
Me: And out
Her: …………. Me: I have a plan Her: What?
As much as I am scared for her. I am scared for myself too. I asked her to go there. I thought he left. Nomandla is scared of him. She’ll say I sent her there and Mr Lawson will think I did this on purpose Me: Go take the dog for a walk in the garden and come back when he is gone
Her: Good idea
She ran out . I sighed
~ Mr Lawson ~
I didn’t expect to see anyone coming in. I always walk around my bathroom naked. I was really hot. I needed a bit of relaxing. Nomandla caught me at a very awkward time. She is very shy I don’t think the poor girl will be able to look me in the eye again. I will make her life hard around here. She will be fine. I do need to talk to her though. Just to assure her that everything is okay. I was all dressed up. I went to the kitchen .
She jumped up she was doing dishes
Her: Mr Lawson
Me: Where is Nomandla?
Her: She took Gipsy for a walk Mr Lawson
Me: Tell her I want to see her in my office
I walked out
Londeka: Mr Lawson!
I turned around Me: Yes?
Londeka: It’s my fault I asked her to go clean the bathroom. I thought you already left. Please forgive her.. me
Me: I am glad you guys get along now. It’s good to see you take responsibility and defend her. Keep it up
I walked away
Londeka: So… I looked at her
She was playing with her hands
Londeka: Does that mean she is not in trouble. You don’t want to see her in your office anymore ?
Me: Tell her I would like to have a word with her in my office
Londeka: Yoh! Okay Mr Lawson
I walked out shaking my head
~ Nomandla ~
I saw Mr Lawson go back to the supermarket. I went back to the house. I tied the dog. I went in. I need to know what Mr Lawson said. His naked body is in my head. I still see the picture of him naked. How am I gonna work for a man whom I know what he looks like naked? Well only If I still have the job.
Londeka: He is gone
Me: What did he say?
She looked at me. Oh no I am fired. She is scared to say it
Me: I got fired didn’t I?
Londeka: No! Not yet! He…..
Me: He……. ?
Londeka: Wants to see you ASAP
Me: Oh No!
Londeka: Nomandla don’t worry if he wanted to fire you he could’ve started with me ☺
Me: What do you mean?
Londeka: I told him it was my fault
Me: Why would you defend me you don’t even like me
Her: I know I have been nasty. I know you need this job. I can’t forgive myself if you’d get fired because of me Me: Thank you
Her: I know I have been nasty. I know you need this job. I can’t forgive myself if you’d get fired because of me Me: Thank you I guess……..
I walked away. I looked at her. Londeka Take a blame for someone else? I don’t believe her. Anyway I went to the office. I knocked then went in .
Mr Lawson looked up
Him: Oh Nomandla
Me: Mr Lawson I am s….
Mr Lawson: Why were you late for work this morning?
Me: Mr Lawson?
Him: This morning you were 19 minutes late what’s up?
He said typing on his computer
Me: I am sorry Mr Lawson it will never happen again
Him: Still not answering my question
Me: I walk from home to work sir. I kind of…..
He stopped working
Him: You kind of?
Me: Overslept. I will set alarm from now on
He took out his wallets. He took 5 R100 notes
Him: I am sure R500 will be enough for a taxi this month
Me: Thank you sir. I will pay you back month end
Him: You don’t have to
Me: Sir I can’t accept this
I said giving it to him
Him: You see the flats next to our garden?
Me: Yes Mr Lawson
Him: Londeka stays there for free. She is not paying. You don’t live far I can’t ask you to come stay here just take the money and use it for taxi fare
Me: Oh thank you Mr Lawson
Him: You can go
Me: Mr Lawson abou…
Him: Nomandla you are excused
Me: Okay Mr Lawson
I went to the door
Him: Don’t tell Londeka I gave you money okay? It will be our little secret ;) I nodded I walked out Me: ……..?
So I shouldn’t tell Londeka about his generosity and we not gonna talk about what happened in the bathroom? Where is this going? I don’t like this.