~ Nomandla ~
I just arrived at work. I am not in the mood to work today. I don’t know why maybe it’s because of what happened in the morning at home. The vomiting I hope it stops soon. This is going to make my mom suspicious. I was smiling at everyone at supermarket heading to the house. It’s like everyone can see I am pregnant. I am so paranoid right now. If Londeka can see it. Who else noticed?
I heard someone running behind me. I turned around
Thobeka: Hey friend!
Thobeka is a old lady I like her. She has been nice to me. I am surprised by what she calls me today. When did I became her friend?
Her: You look good
Me: Thank you
Her: Yesterday you stayed for more than an hour in Mhlekazi’s office what were you doing there?
Oh no! they noticed? I have to make up a lie fast before I get in trouble. I looked at her
Me: Oh in the afternoon?
Her: Hihihi yes
Me: He asked me to clean the boxes in his office
Her: Oh you were dusting them ?
Her: Okay dear. I thought maybe you got a bursary or something :D
Me: I would love to get that but no. I never talked to him about my education. I am scared of that man
Thobeka: Ain’t we all girl? See you later!
I turned around .
Me: Oh boy
I walked fast to the house. I opened the door. I walked in
I was looking around. My phone rang. I looked at it. Its her
Londeka: Girl I am late but I am on my way now!
Me: No problem I will boil water right away
She hung up. I thought about what just happened
Me: ……. ?
People are getting suspicious. I am not going to that office without Londy ever again.
~ Mrs Xaba ~
That girl knows I hate her. She will never eat my food. I am angry because I am running out of this poison and I am very anxious right now. I want her gone. I can’t have a bulldog like me in my house. I can see she feels at home in my house! She enjoys seeing me angry. She knows I want to poison her. It’s only a matter of time she tells my husband. And I don’t think she would hesitate to rat me to my husband. I think I need to stop this before anyone gets suspicious in my house. I don’t want to lose two important men in my life. I live for Qaqambile and Sanuse. I love them and I hate that Sanuse sees I am not the nicest person to people he sees I don’t treat them well . That is not a good thing for a husband to pick up.
“ are you okay Mrs Xaba? “ said a voice behind me. I was standing outside alone
Me: Yes! I am great
It’s my colleague
Her: Are you sure?
I furiously walked to the toilets . Tears running down my face. I heard her heels. She is following me
Me: Just worried about mom she is always sick! When we heal this! Another thing comes
Her: Oh honey we need to pray for her. So where is she? I can go with you to your home over the weekend
I looked at her.
My mom is not sick! She is perfectly well
Me: She is not in Cofimvaba
Her: Where is she? Don’t tell me your brother took her to Cape town with him?
Me: That’s it! She is there! My brother always take my mom! That’s why I am so emotional. I wish I could be there for her you know
She hugged me
Her: I know babe
I rolled my eyes
I have serious problems! You know nothing! Can you put a bullet in my daughter in laws head? No! So you know nothing bitch!
~ Narrated ~
We see Londeka running in everyone at supermarket were shocked to see her as makoti. Some were smiling some shocked. She ran to the house. She walked in. She was out of breath. She threw herself on the couch.
Nomandla came from the kitchen
Nomandla: Wow! You look amazing Londeka!
Londeka stood up. She just hugged Nomandla Nomandla was shocked by this
Nomandla: Okay girl you are scaring me
Londeka broke the hug
Londeka: I have been horrible to you. You care so much about people but people treat you like trash. I am one of those people
Nomandla: I thought we got over that?
Londeka: When you warned me about My mother in law I thought you were jealous. To see you so happy for me. It Makes me……
She broke down
Nomandla: Hey what is going on. What happened?
Londeka wiped her tears fast
Her: I will tell you everything but not now. Let’s go to the supermarket
Nomandla: Fix your face you don’t want to mess up your glowing face
Londeka: Am I glowing?
Nomandla: You are beautiful girl
Londeka: Can we be friends?
Nomandla: I thought we were friends?
Londeka: I am a bad person! I was pretending. From now on I have your back. All your secrets are safe with me
Nomandla: Thank you! Please take the muffins. I will carry the tray
They headed to the office. They knocked and walked in
Mr Lawson: Morning guys
Londeka: Morning Mr Lawson
Lawson looked at Nomandla
He looked at londeka from head to toe
Him: Wow congratulations Londeka. Did you tell Ellen about the good news
Londeka: I will call her today Mr Lawson
Lawson: Thank you for breakfast
Them: Pleasure Mr Lawson
They went to the door
Lawson: Nomandla a minute!
Nomandla: When I come to take the tray please
The walked out
Londeka: Why did you do that ? :
Nomandla: Thobeka is suspicious. She saw me here yesterday. After we knocked off. I came to see Mr Lawson. She asked me why I stayed that long I said I Was cleaning
Londeka. They are so nosy you have to be careful
“ Londy! “ they turned around. That’s Fefekazi running to them
Fefekazi: can I have a minute with you?
Nomandla: You will find me inside
Nomandla left londeka looked at Fefekazi waiting for her to talk
Fefekazi: Tell me
Londeka: She was cleaning I was late today I can’t afford to miss any more minutes of work Let me get back to work
Londeka walked away
Fefekazi: Who is your husband?
Londeka turned around
Londeka: Qaqambile Xaba
Londeka walked away
Londeka was already disappeared
Fefekazi: That means one thing right…..?
Fefekazi was looking around
Fefekazi: Sanuse didn’t tell me he was coming back. Nomboniso’s vagina is suddenly better than mine now!?
“ You are sleeping with Sanuse? “ said a voice behind Fefekazi she turned around fast
Fefekazi: Londeka is hiding something I know it! She was very secretive!
Fefekazi walked away fast before she is asked more questions
Thobeka: …….. ?
~ Londeka ~
Nomandla is right. These women are suspecting something. She must be careful from now on. Those women will tell Mrs Lawson. We are getting along pretty well now. I don’t want her to get fired. It would be sad to see her go. She is a nice person. It took me a long time to see that. I just told Nomandla everything that’s happening in my house. When I say my house I mean The Xaba house. She is shocked to hear these things
Nomandla: She is going to kill you. What are you gonna do?
Me: I will talk to Tata I will tell him. I will stay in my flat weekdays when Qaqambile is gone then go home over the weekends
Nomandla: And my house is very close to yours. Come eat at my house
Me: You are right! I don’t know why I didn’t think that yesterday. I was really hungry
Nomandla: You are welcome anytime
I looked away
I can’t say I am not worried this is risky. I just hope that dog dies because if it don’t Qaqambile is going to hate me more. He will think I am trying to mess things up between him and his mother
Nomandla: It’s okay
Me: I am scar…..
My phone rang. I took it. It’s Qaqambile. I answered fast
Me: Baby? :
I heard hiccups. Is he crying
Me: Baby are you okay?
Qaqambile: Baby I am sorry I didn’t believe you the dog is dead!
I let go of the phone Nomandla ran to it. She picked it up. I searched for the couch. I sat down
Nomandla: What is it?
She looked at my phone
Nomandla: Qaqambile are you still there?