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Chapter 9

CHAPTER 9 


I look at myself through the mirror and I tie the head wrap around my hair. He untied it and I turn around as he throws it on the bed. 

“I need to wear that " I say 

“I love your hair. It now has grown " I struggled growing hair when I was young. 

“Uhm it's rice water method that helped " he runs his fingers through it. 

“I love it ” It feels nice that he is massaging my sculp. 

“Let me get ready " i say and he holds my waist then kisses my lips.  

“Yesterday was amazing ” I smile. 

“Really ?” He nods. 

“I love everything about you” he runs his fingers on my skin I feel a his warm breath on my skin and I feel shivers.  

He nibles my neck and goes to my earlobe and he kisses my shoulders. 

“You are delaying me Ntozakhona ” I say 

“I don't want to let you go" 

“I am all yours " He wraps his arms around me.  

“One day Ngizokumithisa ( I will impregnant you one day)” he says. 

I place my hand on my stomach.  

“You will make a great mother I know.” he says. I turn around and I look at him.  

“I love you ” I say 

“I love you too” 

“I will discard your water " he nods and kisses my forehead. I take it away. 

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“Makoti Cela uze ngapha ( please come this side. )” I was walking with Sane. We are serving people.  

“Baba ?" We both stop. He signals for me.  

“Go Cholo. You will catch us in my room " I nod and I walk towards him.  

“Ungathuki Makoti. Hayi angilumi ( Don't be scared Makoti I don't bite )” he says while looking ahead with his eyes squinted. He places them behind his back. 

I am quiet because I don't know what to say.  

“Can I get you anything ?” 

“You are Makhathini's daughter " I swallow. 

“Ye...yes ” he nods while still looking ahead.  

“Hayi anginankinga nawe ( I don't have a problem with you)” 

I nod slowly . He then looks at me.  

“The wives in this family are growing and gluing this family together " I nod. 

“I hope you will do the same ” 

“Yes sir ”

“Baba ...” he says 

“BabuGatsheni ” he smiles. He seems intimidating 

“Hayi Ungahamba ntombazane ( You can go )" I nod and I walk away 

I went to the kitchen and placed the tray down. I got some water and I went to Sane 's room and I knock once and get in. Slindo is feeding her son.   

“You took long ” 

“I am intimidated ” 

“We are not drinking today" 

“Definetly " 

I agree. Let's lay off that for a while.  

“I have got you a job Cholo " Slindo says. 

“Oh where ?" I ask

“You are going to be a temporary personal assistant at a practice in Durban ” 

“Wont I fail ? I have never worked in my life " I say 

“You won't. You will put in your best” I nod. 

“How did you pull it off ?” Sane asks. 

“Just a little waist movement on top got me all the contacts I need " Slindo says and she takes her child in her hands and cradles him. He is sleepy. 

“Yes ! That's how you do it " Sane says 

“This is extreme " I say 

“If you want something. Find ways to get it from your man ” 

“We need to corrupt you. Try it tonight and he will be singing his clan names ” Sane says. 

“Rule number one most important rules of all. Let him dominate and think he is in control ” Slindo says 

“When you know you are the one in control " 

I am confused. 

“Its like letting your guard down but you are not " 

“Yes I can't explain it " Sane says.  

I nod. 

“I see " 

“Rule number two ...” this is going to be a long one. I am learning alot 

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I jump on the bed and he follows in as well.  

“I am tired ” he says 

“Should I prepare bath water for you ?" 

“No baby. I just want to hold you while I am sleeping " I get off the bed and I strip my clothes.  

“Switch off the lights ” he stands up quickly and undresses as I get under the cover. He switches off the lights and gets in bed. 

He pulls me close to him and I lay my head on his chest. 

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“Nkosazane ( princess)” I turn around and it's the same person from last time.  

He was standing there with hands in his pocket. He looked fresh and very out of this place like and also more well dressed than the boys from this village. All I remeber is that he is a Ndlovu. I have heard more about them after that encounter. 

“Bhuti " I say taking my bucket out of the river. 

“Its Ntozakhona " he says and I nod looking down. 

There was silence between us. I picked the bucket up but he stopped me 

“Ngicela imizuzwana ( can I have a few minutes)" I placed the bucket down. 

“I love you ” he said. I was shocked and he doesn't know me. 

“You don't know..." 

“Cholo Makhathini” he says. 

“I know you " he continues

“I have to leave. My father is expecting me ” I say. 

“When can I see you again ?"I put the bucket on my head. 

“I have to go " I rushed off walking and leaving him behind. His words played in my head as I walked back home. 

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“You rememeber when I first said I love you ” I smile.

“I was scared and confused” he chuckled and ran his fingers on my skin. 

“You ran away from a potential husband " 

“He is my boyfriend now ” 

“Not for long ” he kisses my forehead.  

“I love you Cholo. Always remember that

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us. I picked the bucket up but he stopped me 

“Ngicela imizuzwana ( can I have a few minutes)" I placed the bucket down. 

“I love you ” he said. I was shocked and he doesn't know me. 

“You don't know..." 

“Cholo Makhathini” he says. 

“I know you " he continues

“I have to leave. My father is expecting me ” I say. 

“When can I see you again ?"I put the bucket on my head. 

“I have to go " I rushed off walking and leaving him behind. His words played in my head as I walked back home. 

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“You rememeber when I first said I love you ” I smile.

“I was scared and confused” he chuckled and ran his fingers on my skin. 

“You ran away from a potential husband " 

“He is my boyfriend now ” 

“Not for long ” he kisses my forehead.  

“I love you Cholo. Always remember that I will try my very best to make you happy" 

“I know ” 

I look at him. We are supposed to be resting but here we are talking. 

“I will do the same ” I say 

“You are everything" he says. I hold onto him. 

I wouldn't want to let this go again. I close my eyes and let sleep consume me.  

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I now offically live in the city not the rural areas and With the job that I will get I am happy. I haven't talked to Ntozakhona about that but wanted to wrap my head around the idea of me working. I have prepared his favourite meal. He is home and working this contract thing is frustrating him. I don't really know what it is but all I know it involves Fuel transportation in trucks. That's what I know. I also know that he is branching on his own path for his own. 

I am making something I don't like but hey he loves it and I am going to beg here.  

“Smells nice” he walks in as I am cooking. 

“Yes. I am almost done ” he goes to get a glass of water. 

“Ok” I nod and keep at what I am doing. 

“Baby we need to talk " he says and I look at him. 

“Yes ” 

“I am thinking of sending a letter to your in laws” I drop the spoon and look at him. 

“Gatsheni ” 

“MaGxabashe " 

“It will come off disresctful " I say 

“How ? I want to pay Lobolo so how is it disrespectful?” I sigh. 

“Dabula my ex husband. He hasn't finished a year or six months and then you come and send a letter. It's ... It's going to come off as that ” I say 

“I don't care. I saw you first" is he claiming me? Marking me ? 

“Ntozakhona " he is hearing non of it. 

“I got a job ” he looks at me and sips his water. I am waiting for him to talk 

“Where ?" He folds his arms and leans by the sink. I turn the stove down and look at him. 

“At a good surgery. I will be a personal assistant” I say. 

“Is it safe ?" He asks. 

“Uhm well. I don't know ” he shakes his head disapproving. 

“How did you get it ?" He asks. 

“Slindo and Nazo” his face softens a bit.  

“You want to work ?” I nod.  

“If it makes you happy and you are safe then it's ok” I go and give him a kiss. 

“Thank you " 

“Do what's best for you but where your safety concerns I won't compromise” his face hardens to the last statement. 

“Ofcause ” he kisses my forehead. 

“ I am glad we understand that. " He puts the glass in the sink. 

“I can't wait to eat" I smile and nod.  

“I will bring the food to you ” 

“I would love that Mphefumulo wami we will talk about the Lobolo later " he walks off and I sigh. This will just look bad.  

I go and take my phone. I have to call MaNdawonde. I have missed her.  

“My child. I don't know you anymore " she teases. 

“Mah I am sorry. Where I was I didn't have time to touch my phone " 

“Arew you well ? " 

“Yes.i have a job now. ” she ululates. 

“Thats wonderful news. God is good ” I smile. 

“Are you and the others ok ? " her tone changed. 

“Ye.. yes we are fine ” 

“Mah " 

“I am strong my child don't worry " Now she is worrying me.  

“I am worried ” 

“Focus on work and go to school. I am proud of you ” she brushes me off. 

“Thank you ” I am more worried about her now. I will ask Chiliza later on. She will tell me I know . 

“I have to go. Bye. I love you ” she says 

“I love you too Mama " she hangs up and I look at my phone. I am worried about her and I hope everything is well. 

I finish cooking and I dish up for Ntozakhona before g

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