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~ Nozazi ~

I saw my daughter coming in running. 

Me: What is it Lithakazi? 

Her: She is coming 

Me: Who? Nomboniso?

Her: Yes! 

Me: Okay! This is what we gonna do! Take your phone and.. what do you call that thing you do when… L 

Lithakazi: Record her? 

Me: Yes! 

Her: Why ma?

Me: Because killing that girl doesn’t mean she will accept you as her daughter in law! She is just using us! I know she is acting because she needs help! L 

Lithakazi: Mama you are smart :D 

I fixed my doek smiling. “ knock knock! “ said Nomboniso at the door. I looked at my daughter 

Me: ………….

She nodded her head yes taking her phone.  

Me: ………….

I looked at the door 

Me: Come on in friend 

Lithakazi: ………….

She walked in smiling.  

Her: Friend hihihi 

This woman thinks she is smart. I can see through her fake giggle.  

Me: You came hihihi 

Her: I thought you guys didn’t have the poison? 

I took it out of my apron pocket smiling and waving it in the air. She ran to me excited. She attempted to snatch it from my hand. I moved my hand away 

Her: ………….

Me: Not so fast friend

Her: I thought yo…. 

Me: We are friends right?  

Her: Of court :D 

Me: I thought about this long and hard….. 

I was walking around the room. I looked at Lithakazi 

Lithakazi: 

I looked at Nomboniso 

Me: My friend is rich… 

Nomboniso: You want money! I can….

I gave her a hand 

Me: I don’t make friends pay! 

Her: ………….

Me: I built my house with just mud my wall is not strong rats do as they please. I can’t control them from ruining my round(house) 

Her: I am sorry friend

Me: But my friend here has a strong wall. A beautiful big clean house there is no way she’d have rats in her house 

Nomboniso: I don’t think u follow? 

Me: We are friends right?  

Her: Of court we are! 

She was getting annoyed 

Me: Does this rat have two legs?

She looked down 

Me: Come on friend you can tell me

Nomboniso: ………….

Me: Say it I will give this to you! Your son is not ready to commit right?   

Nomboniso: That Londeka girl is coming to my house! I am going to kill her! My son can’t be with a poor girl! 

I headed the poison to her . My job is done here 

Me: Our friendship is strong now that we share secrets 

Nomboniso: Thank you friend! Please don’t tell anyone about this 

Me: Not a word 

She looked at my daughter 

Lithakazi: my lips are sealed 

Nomboniso: Later ladies 

Me: Hihihi later!

She ran out. I watched her walk away 

Me: ………….

My daughter started playing the recording. I looked at her 

Me: Don’t lose it 

Lithakazi: This is my ticket….. 

Me: To marriage


~ Londeka ~

I am with one of my house mates. She is sitting while I am bathing I was finishing up. I am so excited to go there. This dinner will determine my future with that family. From today  I will see if I will be a single parent or my child will have a father. Ciko…. I mean Qaqambile is mad at me. His mother hates me for lying to her. This is going to be uncomfortable and awkward.  

Friend: You said this guy is in Nomandla’s neighbourhood. I thought you’d knock off and go with her?

Me: Sometimes I feel like Nomandla is jealous of me you know farm girls 

Her: She Looks different from the rest though 

I combed my weave

Me: There is nothing different about her. On her first day she called Mrs Lawson madam 

Her: Ha ha ha really? 

I looked at her then to the mirror

Me: Imagine girl!

Her: Shame she will be strong my colleague is just like her too. When she is speaking to Mr Lawson she is always like “ Yes mhlekazi! Hayi mhlekazi 

She rolled her eyes. I laughed my lungs out. At supermarket there is a clothing shop this girl works there. She is also from East London 

Me: We work with weird people in this supermarket 

She stood up 

Her: Girl good luck I have to cook 

Me: Bye friend 

She walked out. I catwalked around the room feeling myself 

Me: ………….

I have to make him love me once again


~ Nomandla ~

I knocked off 30 minutes ago I stayed in Mr Lawson’s office for a bit. I have to go home now. I don’t want people to get suspicious. 

Me: I have to go baby 

Him: Kiss me  

I leaned forward on his desk. I kissed him for a few seconds 

Me: Bye 

Him: I love you 

Me: I love you too :D 

I opened the door. I walked out 

Him: ………….

Me: 

I closed the door. I went to the stop. I hiked. A taxi took me to my location. The taxi dropped me. I slowly walked home.  

Me: Oh no 

I saw Mrs Xaba coming out of Lithakazi’s home. I pretended like I don’t see her I walked faster . 

“ hey! Nosukile’s daughter “ 

Me: Don’t you know my name? 

I didn’t say that out loud. I turned around 

Me: ………….

Her: Wait for me! L 

I folded my arms. Whatever she has to say I am not gonna like it. 

Mrs Xaba: Why you didn’t tell us who Londeka is? 

Me: You didn’t ask. You came to me and told me how I will be serving you coffee and dinner like a slave 

Her: Little girl! You should have told us! Don’t you care about my son? 

I shook my head no

Me: I did but I don’t anymore 

Her: Do you realise how much money I spent on that girl!?  

Me: And is that my fault how Mrs Xaba? 

Her: You are disgusting like your mother!

Me: Thank you Mrs Xaba. I just wanted you to see that you can love someone even when they have nothing. It’s not about what someone has

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I am not gonna like it. 

Mrs Xaba: Why you didn’t tell us who Londeka is? 

Me: You didn’t ask. You came to me and told me how I will be serving you coffee and dinner like a slave 

Her: Little girl! You should have told us! Don’t you care about my son? 

I shook my head no

Me: I did but I don’t anymore 

Her: Do you realise how much money I spent on that girl!?  

Me: And is that my fault how Mrs Xaba? 

Her: You are disgusting like your mother!

Me: Thank you Mrs Xaba. I just wanted you to see that you can love someone even when they have nothing. It’s not about what someone has it’s about how you feel! It’s about the person! You guys loved Londeka what changed now? 

Her: She is not a Lawson! She is not in varsity! 

Me: All you care about is Lawson’s money! If your son will marry someone of your choice then he will never be happy 

Her: You don’t know what you talking about! 

I left her standing there.  


~ Nosukile ~

After work I arrived in my house and saw Boxer shopping bags. Nomandla didn’t tell us she was going to town today. This girl is changing. I saw her coming. I want her to explain all this. We did need the things she bought I am happy but I am worried about her. 

Nomandla: hello mama

Me: I didn’t know you went to town?

Her: Oh I thought I should go open a saving account. My money is not save at home. I saved R8 000 then bought few groceries and I got you pair of shoes. I will go get them :D 

She walked out 

Me: ………….

I like that she is being responsible. She must save. She can’t just spent money. I want her to get education. She came back 

Her: Do you like them?  

Me: They are beautiful thanks my child 

Her: Pleasure mom  

Me: I hope you got your cousin something 

Her: Yes. I did where is he? 

Me: Playing with other kids 

Nomandla: Let me start cooking 

Me: Okay baby 


~ Londeka ~

I am about to go in there. Being in a room with two people I lied to and now with with the man of the house is really terrifying. What if I am called here to be confronted and humiliated? Fathers are the most scariest people in a family. Cik…. I mean Qaqambile has never mention his father to me. I don’t think they get along. If they did he would’ve said something. What am I saying? I have been with this guy for three weeks. The first day I met him I lied about my life. I pretended to be someone I am not. A rich person. If they tell him I will look like a psycho to this man. I am outside looking around. I regret coming here. I shouldn’t have came here. I turned around I attempted to run away   “ Don’t tell me this is Londiwe!? “ said a male voice behind me at least he is excited to see me 

Me: ………….

I slowly turned around 

Me: Yes it’s me Mr Xaba 

I said playing with my fingers looking down

Him: Call me Tata I didn’t know you were this beautiful my son is lucky 

Me: Thank you Tata 

He opened the door wide.  

Him: Come in 

I walked in. I was flashing my ring a bit so that he can see it 

Him: Honey! Honey!  

Mrs Xaba came running 

Her: Baby? 

She saw me the smile on her face disappeared 

Mrs Xaba: 

Me: 

She had an apron on and a cloth in her hands it looks like she is cooking. I flipped my hair showing off my ring 

Mrs Xaba: Londeka 

Me: Hello Mrs Xaba 

Mrs Xaba: Hihihi good to see you

She said that giggling. All that was a fake giggle. I could see she was boiling inside. Nomandla was right 

Me: Hihihi You too Mrs Xaba 

Mr Xaba was smiling looking at me. I looked at his wife. She was giving me intimidating look 

Mrs Xaba: ………….

Me: : ………….

Mr Xaba: Wait you have a ring on that finger?  

I smiled it took him forever to notice. I looked at Mrs Xaba. She shook her head no I guess she doesn’t want him to know I am engaged

Me: Mrs Xaba Bought it and gave it to Qaqambile to propose to me Tata 

She bit her lower lip she was fuming with anger

Mrs Xaba: ………….

Mr Xaba: Perfect! I will be right back 

Mr Xaba ran to the bedroom. I looked at Mrs Xaba 

Me: ………….

Her: I gave you that ring because I thought you were a Lawson! My son don’t want to marry you anymore!!

Me: Why not? I am still the same person ain’t I?

Mrs Xaba: Bitch! You are poor! You are not educated! 

Me: So ?  

She came closer to me she was breathing heavily. She pointed a finger at me 

Her: You are playing a dangerous game little girl I swear to yo…..

I put my hand on my chest

Me: I am scared. Are you trying to threaten me Mrs Xaba? 

Mrs Xaba: You are not going to last here! I will persuade my husband to change his mind. By tomorrow I swear he will want nothing to do wit……

“ ladies are you still okay? “ We turned around and looked at him. Oh my god  

Me: ………….

Mr Xaba: ………….

Mrs Xaba: What is this Sanuse?

Sanuse: What does it look like my baby? 

Me: ………….

Qaqambile walked in running. He stopped when he saw what his father had in his hands  

Qaqambile: The Fuck?

Sanuse: Language boy! 

Qaqambile: UXolo Tata 

I looked away 

Me: ………….


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