~ Nomboniso ~
Lithakazi folded her arms on her chest. She looked angry as well.
Her: What is this woman saying to you mother?
Nozazi: That I am a witch!
Me: No guys hihihi I have rats in my house I want something that I can use to kill them
Nozazi: Oh hihihi no we don’t have it
Me: Okay yhu! Your minds are fast girls
Nozazi: I am sorry friend we thought you mean the other poison
Me: Hihihi I am a bible woman. I would never kill. Stay with god guys
Nozazi: You go with him too
I walked out. I closed the door. I leaned on the door then whispered
Me: That’s exactly what I wanted a poison
~ Londeka ~
I am on my way to Mr lawson’s office. It’s tea time and Nomandla is not here. I don’t know why she didn’t tell me she wasn’t coming to work. I won’t even call her. I knocked at the door then went in
Me: Morning Mr Lawson
Him: Good day please put it over there
Me: Okay Mr Lawson Nomandla is……
Him: Let’s talk about you how are you feeling today?
Me: Good Mr Lawson
Him: You are excused Londeka
I walked out
Does he know where she is?
~ Nomandla ~
I am in town. I did what I came here to do. I decided to save R7 000 rands of the money. I bought myself a few clothes I bought my cousin some clothes too and flat shoes for mom. I bought a few groceries we ran out of. I can’t go to work with these things. I have to go home first and leave these. The taxi passed the supermarket. I paid the taxi . He dropped me at my stop. I walked home. Thank God I didn’t meet any of the noisy neighbours. I left everything in my room. I took groceries to the kitchen. I locked then headed to work. I arrived at work. I went straight to the house. I opened the door. It’s so hot today. I just want to sit down
Me: Hey girl
Londeka: You are late!
I sat down.
Me: Londeka it’s 12 pm in the afternoon. Yes I am late. Don’t tell me what I know. I went to town L
Her: In work hours ?
Me: Yesterday you collapsed. You were given afternoon off. I was not feeling well. I went to the doctor! L
Her: Okay how are you feeling?
Me: Thirsty please get me water or juice
Her: Girl you act like you are the one pregnant
I don’t know why they remind me about this all the time. I bought the test. It’s in my handbag. I am not ready to take the test.
She went to the fridge. She took out orange juice. She poured me a glass. She came to the living room.
Me: Thank You
Her: Guess what?
Her: Baby daddy called I am invited to dinner this evening
I sipped on my juice. I looked at her. Mrs Xaba invites a maid not just a maid. A maid who make her look like a fool? Something is definitely up. I have been neighbours with them all my life.
Her: What is it?
Me: They know about your pregnancy ?
Her: I told him yesterday
Her: He was mad at me for lying to him. He came to fetch the ring I didn’t give him. He can’t do that to me! L
Her: Don’t be
Him: Now they are inviting me to dinner
Me: Londeka that family will never accept you
Her: Oh please! You are jealous!
Me: They came to fetch the ring because you are not what they thought you were! What changed their mind!
Her: His father wants to see me
I didn’t know he is back. This is Tat’uSanuse’s idea. I knew Mrs Xaba would never invite her.
Me: Oh I get it now. It’s not Mrs Xaba who wanna see you
Her: I wasn’t gonna be invited if she didn’t approve
Me: Londeka I am not jealous of you I am just looking out for you I broke up with Qaqambile because of my job description. You and I are the same thing!
Londeka: Ha ha ha ha
Her: You are joking right!?
Me: When I say what?
Her: You? Dating Cik…….
Me: Qaqambile yes! I dumped him because he was ashamed of me! Even his mother didn’t approve because I am a maid
Her: Honey you are not his type! You should’ve been with him in the first place gosh
Me: I think I am more of his type than you actually!
Her: What’s that suppose to mean?
Me: I am not jealous of you. I am just looking out for you. Mrs Xaba would never allow a maid to be her daughter in law
Her: And you are a better maid than me?
Me: No I am going to Varsity next year. I have matric and you don’t!
She looked down
Her: how do you know that !? Who told you?
Me: You’ve been a maid for five yours.your life is not moving . You don’t see yourself anywhere. You are too relaxed! Next year I am going to school what are your plans for next year?
She swallowed hard
She was playing with her engagement ring
Me: You need to stop looking down on me! I am on your side here I want to give you advice…..
Me: I know Mrs Xaba is against you going there. She has no say in that house when Qaqa’s father is home. Please be careful! When you are there!
She sat down
Her: Friend do you think she could do something to me?
I am now “Friend” ?
Me: I like you
I am now “Friend” ?
Me: I like you all I am saying isgo there and open your eyes. Qaqambile and Tat’uSanuse might mean well but the wife?
I shook my head standing up.
Me: I don’t think so
I took the glass. I walked to the kitchen. I saw her coming in
Her: Thank You
Me: You don’t have to say it if you don’t mean it
Her: I do
Me: How many times you looked down on me and apologised?
I walked out
~ Nozazi ~
Me: Mr Xaba come on in
Him: Thank you I was passing by I thought I should come and greet
He looked at Lithakazi
Him: Hello young lady
Lithakazi: Hello Tata
Me: I didn’t know you were back?
Him: I arrived yesterday. How are you?
Me: We can’t complain how are you?
Me: Baby make us coffee
Him: I am not staying. I will see you guys soon
Me: Say hello to your wife and your boy. He is such a lovely boy
Him: I know thanks I will send your love to them
Me: When are you leavi…
Me: What ?
Sanuse: Let me leave you Nozazi there is a family dinner in my house I don’t want to be late
Me: Sounds like an Occasion?
Him: I will be meeting a girl who is carrying my son’s child
I gave Lithakazi the look she stopped talking . Is she crazy? She is going to ruin things for her.
Lithakazi: I am going to my room excuse me
Me: You are excused baby
Sanuse: Okay young lady
I looked at Sanuse
Me: Who is this girl?
Him: She is working for the Lawsons
Me: You mean Lawson’s daughter? The one he adopted?
He started laughing
Him: The girl is just a maid there
Me: So she lied?
Him: The poor girl probably felt ashamed I will see you later
Me: Bye bye it was nice seeing you Xaba
He walked out. I turned around. Lithakazi was standing outside her door
Lithakazi: What if I am pregnant mama?
Her: I can’t be a single mother!
Me: Did you hear what he said?
Me: The Lawson adopted daughter?
Lithakazi: Oh my god I must kiss Qaqambile good bye she is the one who is preg……
Me: Will you shut up!!!
Me: Yes she is the girl who is pregnant but she is not adopted there
Her: What are you saying mama?
Me: She lied that girl is a maid there
Lithakazi: Mama you are joking right!?
Me: The poison she came here for……. ?
Lithakazi looked away
She looked at me she is getting it now
Lithakazi: So the Rat in her house is this maid?
Me: Go make some mixture I will call your mother in law
Lithakazi: Hihihi okay mama!
She ran away I took my phone. I dialled Nomboniso’s number
Nomboniso: When I called you friend I didn’t mean we shou………
Me: Yizothatha Idliso
Me: I have your poison
Nomboniso: I am on my way
I hung up