Sabelo a well tall built handsome man is seen taking a walk from his home to a stream not far from his home. The people and animals around here are depending on this river to live.
He is swinging his stick around In the air whistling a song known by him until he reaches a tree where a beautiful lady is standing under. He smiles broadly as he approaches her.
Sabelo: themba lamathemba ami
Sthandwa senhliziyo yami
Mjabulisi wemizwa yami
Ngilosi yamaphupho ami
Kunjani baby? ( How are you my love)
The lady is red from all the blushing she brushes her arms trying so hard not to blush but she can't help it as Sabelo is staring straight into her eyes.
Minenhle: ngiyaphila Nyambose kunjani? ( I am good how are you?)
Her referring to him by his clan names gets him so excited that he moves forward to her for a hug but Minnie moves backwards. Sabelo frowns.
Sabelo: Themba lami kwenzenjani? ( My love what is wrong?)
Minenhle: lutho. Kuzomele sikhulume Sabelo. ( Nothing we have to talk Sabelo)
Sabelo: uyangithusa ke manje kodwa kulungile. ( You are scaring me now but it's fine).
He says sitting down on the big stone and Minenhle continue standing with her back against the tree playing with her fingers. Sabelo quietly looks at her. The love of his love. They have been together from high school. People assumed they were going to break up when Sabelo went to UKZN to further his studies but dropped out on the third year after his father passed away.
Ever since Mr Mthethwa passed away Sabelo was forced to drop out of varsity and do odd jobs just to keep his family alive and going. Minenhle is doing her Bed second year and he is so proud of her. She is smart both of them actually.
He is praying so hard to get a decent job and marry her. He can imagine her swinging and swaying her hips at his father's house serving his mother.
Minenhle: lento engizoyisho kuwe ayilula kodwa kumele ngiyisho ngoba isikhathi siyahamba.( What I am going to say to you is not easy but I have to say it because time is moving fast)
Her words brings him back to life. He gives her the " go on look".
Minenhle: sekuyisikhathi sithandana nawe Sabelo iminyaka emihlanu akuwona umdlalo. ( We have been together for far too long now Sabelo 5 years is not a child's play)
Sabelo: kunjalo Themba lami seyiyinde indlela esiyihambile futhi sisaya kids(that's true my love we have been together for a long time and we are still going far)
Minenhle: ngicela ukubuza ukuthi uzimiseleni ngathi? Ngami? (Please tell me your intentions about us and me?)
Sabelo:(smiling) ukukuthatha ngikufake emagcekeni akwa Mthethwa sandise isibongo sika baba. ( To marry you and have kids)
Minenhle: nini Sabelo? (When Sabelo?)
Sabelo: uma nje ngithola umsebenzi o.. ( as soon as I get a job that...)
Minenhle:(cutting him rolling her eyes) kuni wawucula leloculo Sabelo? Ontangayami basemzini yabo manje and they haven't been with their partners so long like us!
Sabelo tries his level best to remain calm but the fact that Minnie is comparing their lives to others doesn't settle well with him. She knows his situation better than everyone else. She is his best friend for Christ sake!
Sabelo:(sighs) sthandwa Sam uyazi angithi ukuthi ngiyazama? ( My love you do know that I am trying right?)
Minenhle:well you are not trying enough Sabelo and I'm tired.
Sabelo:(calmly) angizwanga kahle ekugcineni uthi kwenzenjani? ( I didn't hear the last part you said you are what?)
Minenhle: ingoba mhlambe ngisho ngesingisi Sabelo ngikhathele mina ukubekezelelana nawe ngiloku ngethemba ukuthi isimo sakho sizoshintsha kodwa lutho. Bheka umfowenu u Bonga wenza ezibukwayo egoli kodwa mncane kunawe! ( It's because I said it in English Sabelo I am tired of being patient for you
That comparison again. He gets that a lot from people and he always moves it back to his mind because people don't know the sacrifices he made so that his brother can finish his studies and not be like him. By luck Bonga got a job before he could even graduate. Hearing his girlfriend say this broke him.
Sabelo:(low voice) uzama ukuthi kimi Minenhle? ( What are you trying to say to me Minenhle?)
Minenhle: well I'm not comparing you to Bonga or anything but all I'm saying is that do something follow him to Joburg maybe he can get you something that sitting at home the whole day not doing anything. Honestly Sabelo if this is how you are going I will give up.
I also want the soft life I want you to buy me nice things take me to vacations and be happy..
Sabelo:(holding her hands) okay baby I hear you. Bonga is bringing his daughter this weekend so I will leave with him Monday morning.
Minenhle:(smiling) now that's what I am talking about.
Sabelo: I will make you happy baby I promise. Just don't leave me please. I love you Minenhle.
Minenhle: I love you too and...
Her phone rings disturbing her " Daddy" flashes on the screen. She swallows and drop the call. Sabelo looks at her.
Minenhle: I need to go home. Father is calling I am sure he is wondering where I am.
Sabelo: ngizokubona angithi ngaphambi kokuthi ngihambe( I will see you before I leave?)
Minenhle:urhm yeah sure.
Sabelo: okay sthandwa Sam uziphathe kahle.
He says getting up and hugs her. Minenhle smiles weakly and walks off waving at him. He stares at her walking away and sits down on the stone.
Her words come back to his ears. He shake his head stopping the tears that are threatening to come and gets up going back to his home.
He meets his mother outside the rondavel Making fire on the ground. He smiles he knows that when his mother cooks outside she is about to make a mean steam bread.
Sabelo: ave ngikuthanda wena salukazi Sami ithi ngikuqoqele izinkuni(the way I love you mother let me bring more firewood for you)
MaCele: wabuya sobhocobele nje kwenzenjani? ( Why do you look so down?)
Sabelo: akulutho nje mama engingeke ngikhone ukubhekana nalo (it's nothing I won't be able to handle)
MaCele shake her head and continue with what she's doing.
Sabelo:ngicabanga ukujika no Bonga kengiyozama izinhlanhla zomsebenzi egoli. ( I am thinking of returning with Bonga back to Johannesburg and try job hunting there)
MaCele: ewu sengizosala ngedwa.. ( I will be left alone)
Sabelo: awu mama omakhelwane bakhona futhi ke nendodakazi ka Bonga izohlala lakhaya unomphelo uzothuma( but mom the neighbors are here plus Bonga's daughter is going to stay here permanently so you will have someone to send around)
MaCele: ngiyazi ndodana ukuthi nje bese ngijwayele ukuhlala nomuntu ukuba khona kwakho lakhaya bekuwunika isithunzi lomuzi( I know son just that I am used to having you around and having you here brings respect to this house)
Sabelo: ngizobuya njalo ngenyanga mama ngiyakuthembisa( I will come back home every month Mom I promise)
MaCele: kulungile mfana wami ngiyakukhulula futhi ngikupha nezibusiso( it's okay my son I am releasing and giving you blessings)
Sabelo:(hugging her) ngiyabonga Ndosi.
To be continued.