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INT. DETECTIVE EMMANUEL’S OFFICE

KNOCKING AT THE DOOR EMMANUEL

Who is?

RECEPTIONIST

It’s me sir.

EMMANUEL

Come in

RECEPTIONIST

DOOR OPENS

Sir here are the people you wanted to see.

EMMANUEL

Thank you… (Pause) have seats gentlemen.

DOOR CLOSED

POLICEMAN 1

Detective we hear that you want to see us is everything okay?

EMMANUEL

No relax gentlemen everything is fine you not in trouble just that something came up and we have to go attend that thing right now before it’s getting late.

POLICEMAN 1

Something like what?

EMMANUEL

I received a call that asking us to go to the village to send the message. POLICEMAN 2

A call a message.

EMMANUEL

Yes we have to go to Babala’s family you know what happened to their two members from South Africa so we have to go there.

POLICEMAN 2

What a said story are we going now…?

EMMANUEL

Yes we going now.

POLICEMAN 1

But it is a lunch time.

EMMANUEL

Okay go have lunch then come back we’ll go.

POLICEMAN 2

Thank you sir


EXTERNAL. AMALIA’S HOME. AFTERNOON


VINCENT and NATASHA playing just outside the house KEITA sat on a chair watching them playing.

KEITA

The kids don’t really understand when you tell a child about death they try to rationalize… to make sense of it in their own head… Their parents were really good people loving people… The way they died no it’s really hurting Natasha was really too close to her mother now it’s going to be difficult for her to understand what exactly happened to her mother and father (He sighs) I’d be best for both of them. (Beat) Hey

don’t play with that you will get hurt okay.

VINCENT CAME RUNNING TOWARDS HIM

What’s wrong?

VINCENT

Uncle Keita…

KEITA

Yes my boy

VINCENT

You do remember what you said to me yesterday you said you’ll tell us why sister Amalia was crying.

KEITA

Ooh yes boy I do remember… there is something you have to know you and Natasha.

VINCENT

Why she was crying it is because mom and dad appeared on television?

KEITA

Its more than that firstly call Natasha so I tell you both right.

VINCENT

(Nodding)

Natasha Natasha come here uncle is calling you.

NATASHA

I’m still playing can’t you see that?

VINCENT

No come we’ll play later come sit here.

NATASHA

Okay Okay I’m coming. (Beat)

VINCENT

Sit down here uncle want to tell us something

KEITA

My kids there is something that you have to know and…

NATASHA

Something like…?

VINCENT

No just keep quiet and listen to uncle.

KEITA

Eeer… You know that mom and dad are far from here right they went somewhere to work.

NATASHA

They went to South Africa I know.

KEITA

That’s true my girl so there is something that happened there while they were working… and it’s something that happened to them.

VINCENT

What happened to them?

KEITA

You know that mom and dad loves you a lot and they will always love you… (Pause) My kids mommy and daddy are dead and you won’t able to talk with them like always

VINCENT

No they not dead we saw them on television.

NATASHA

And Amalia said mom and dad they are coming home.

KEITA

I know but what I’m saying to you is that mom and dad find killed that’s why you did saw them on television.

VINCENT

But why they killed them and why mom and dad…? But Aunty Michelle did die with Uncle Calvin.

KEITA

Mom and dad are killed by people and Uncle Calvin was sick when die that’s why Aunty Michelle didn’t go with him…


TEARS DROP FROM VINCENT’S EYES


That’s why your sister was crying last night my children.

NATASHA

I want to see mommy.

KEITA

Don’t cry everything is going to be fine okay.

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