~ Qaqambile ~
I am so happy my dad is home. He works in Bleomfontein . He stays there for 6 month. Having him at home is great . Mom don’t treat me like a boy when dad is here. I have my freedom now. Mom is always in my business. Ordering me around. When dad is here I feel more of a man. He respects my room. He respects my space and mom is not allowed to order me around. My father don’t take nonsense from anyone even mom knows it . What my fathers says goes. No one questions his decisions.
Mom: My husba…..
Dad gave her a hand
Dad: I know you don’t want him to tell me this go to the kitchen men have to talk!
She went to the kitchen dad looked at me
Him: Who is she?
I looked down
Me: Londeka she works at the supermarket Tata
Him: Where is she from?
Me: Hey dad….
I sat down he sat down too
Me: I am not sure that girl is crazy. She lied to us
Him: what did she say ? :D
Me: She said she was adopted by the Lawsons only to find out later that she is their maid
Dad put his hand on my shoulder laughing
Him: I think I like this girl. Invite her for dinner tomorrow
He stood up then walked away
He turned around
Dad: Londiwe is invited to dinner tomorrow
Me: But da…
He got in his room and closed the door. I had my hands in my head in frustration
Me: Her name is Londeka not Lon…..
The door was already closed. I kicked the couch
Me: Ahhhh dammit!
Mom came running
Her: What is it?
Me: Dad wants to invite Londeka for dinner tomorrow
Mom squeezed the glass she was holding
Mom: I wish I could just poison him once!
Me: Hey! That’s my dad! L
Mom: You know I don’t mean it!
I sat on the couch
~ Nomandla ~
My door opened. Mom walked in with my plate. She came next to my bed.
Me: You didn’t have to mom
Her: How are you feeling?
Me: I bought med lemon and grandpa. I am feeling a little better now
I am lying. I want her to think I have flue.
Her: Okay here is your food
Me: Thanks I will sleep early today. I don’t want to wake up late and leave my room dirty
She walked to the door. She turned around and looked at me
She smiled then walked out
I took my phone. I called Lawson
Him: I was about to call you
Me: Oh really?
Him: Yes how are you?
Me: I feel sick
Him: Are you okay?
Me: I will be fine.
Him: Come spend a night with me
Me: Baby …..
Him: Ellen won’t come please
Me: No I can’t baby. Mom is suspecting something is going on between us
Him: Why do you think she is suspecting something?
Me: She saw the money I am saving
Him: Ha ha ha
Me: what is funny?
Him: How can you save money at home? Don’t you have a bank account?
Me: Do how do I get my salary?
Him: Oh yeah Tomorrow go to town and open saving account. You can’t keep money at home it might be stolen
Him: and I won’t give you money anymore. I will just send it to your card
Him: From town you will come straight here right?
I rolled my eyes
Him: I love you
Me: I love you too
He hung up. I hugged my pillow smiling
~ Qaqambile ~
Why would dad wanna see Londeka? I don’t understand him sometimes. I want to move on and forget that girl. I can’t do that with dad home. I hope he is not staying for long. That girl should know where we stand. I heard footsteps behind me. I turned around. It’s mom
Her: did you call your girlfriend?
Me: She is not my girlfriend!
Her: Well it looks like you don’t have a choice…
Her: You don’t love this woman?
I looked at mom
Me: She lied to us. She can’t be trusted!
Her: I agree with you and I don’t think she is your type
Me: After tomorrow I will make sure she never set her foot in my house again
Mom sat on one of the chairs around the kitchen table
Mom: What’s the plan?
Me: I will tell her I want nothing to do with her
Mom: Do you think that will make her stay away?
Mom: You want my help?
Me: What are you gonna do?
Mom: Leave that to me call her and tell her we cant wait to see her
She walked out
Me: Where are you go……
She slammed the door before I could finish
Me: ……. ?
~ Nozazi ~
I saw Nomboniso coming to my house. I ran to Lithakazi’s room. I barged in
Lithakazi: What’s wrong mom?
Me: That woman is coming to my house?
She stood up fast
Her: Mrs Xaba?
I grabbed the Broom
I walked out she ran after me. A knock came at the front door
Lithakazi: Mom don’t beat her let’s hear her out!
I looked at her I breath in and out. I didn’t open
Me: What do you want Nomboniso?
Nomboniso: I came in peace please open the door!
I looked at Lithakazi she nodded her head yes . I opened the door.
Nomboniso: I came in peace
She said giggling with her hands in the air
Lithakazi: You wanted to kill my mother now you come here smiling and laughing like everything is okay ?
She looked at me
Her: I am sorry friend I wanted you to stop hitting me with that stick. I was not gonna kill you J
Her: Come on old friend
She was smiling this woman is going to be my in law let’s make peace
Me: Come in
She came in. I closed the door then turned around.
Nomboniso: You and I have been friends for years. You get me. There is no woman in this village knows me like you know me please my friend forgive me
Lithakazi looked at me
Me: You wanted to kill me!
Her: I was not gonna kill you you are my best friend! I love you can you forgive me?
Lithakazi: Mrs Xaba what do you want?
Nomboniso: Straight to the point I love your daug……
Me: Ufunani!!!? (What do you want!?)
Nomboniso: Idliso (poison)