Story: Tales Of A Broken Soul

    Part One

    "Today is cold, do you mind if I open the windows though?" asked Mutinta shifting her hands to the back of the curtains.
    "You can, this weather is behaving like its winter in the United Kingdom," replied Vanessa.
    "Ain't you going for work?"
    "Don't remind me, I'm reporting at 10am, need to finish up on some work stuff."
    "Are you sick?"
    "Who? Me? Hell no, I am very much okay, I want to rest for a few minutes."
    "I feel you."
    "I have had a busy week moving up and down, why wouldn't they give me a day off.  Nathan is a pain in the neck, I'm starting to believe what my workmates say. Its like he has a thing for me. That explains why he takes me to most of his workshops. Nonetheless may I stop assuming things that may be wrong.
    Time flies when you don't want it to, it was 9am already. Vanessa got to the bath room, brushed her teeth, jumped in the shower while singing #BestForLast by her name sake Vanessa Williams, the water rinsed all the shame, misery and pain. 'Next week is my birthday, I'm turning 32, God has been good enough to bless me with a job which sustains me. I managed to get myself a car and a beautiful rented apartment, I live the average life of a middle class family but up until now, I have not been able to catch my own fish." Tears mingled with water kept oozing as Vanessa thought to herself.

    Time was not in her favor, it was 10:00am already. She ran up and down in the house.
    "Mutinta, can I have my coffee?"
    "Coming! Its almost ready."
    "Where are my red heels?"
    "Check on your shoe wrack."
    "Why would I be asking if they were there!"
    "Calm down! Take a deep breath, don't panic."
    Venessa took a deep breath as commended by Mutinta, she leaned back on the sofa as Mutinta went to get the shoes. Her phone vibrated, an incoming call from Nathan. She ignored it, within minutes her baby sis brought the red heels. Indeed they were on the shoe wrack
    "There you go, I think your phone is ringing."
    "It's my boss."
    "Won't you pick up?"
    "Jezzzzzzz do I look like I want to buy a ticket to hell?"
    "It would be better you pick up and say you are held up in traffic."
    "Nathan is not the type you can cheat."
    Vanessa hurried to the car with the hot cup of coffee in her hands, Mutinta brought the files.
    "How do you forget the reason you are going for work."
    "Imagine! It must be something you put in the coffee."
    "Have a great day at work."
    "Prepare some fresh fish, I want it tooth cracking with some gravy."
    "As you wish madam."
    "Where is Lombe, kindly open the gate for me."
    She drove out waving at Mutinta, Nathan called a second time. She ignored his call, she drove like a maniac to work, thankfully traffic had broken off.
    "Wo! Wooo looks like someone is in hot pepe." Michello said as Vanessa entered the office.
    "What mood is he in?" asked Vanessa, in the tone of a long afterthought creasing her brow to concentrate.
    "He is throwing tantrums like a chicken on steroids."
    "Ohh no!!!"
    "Put your invincible tail between your legs, he is waiting for you in his office."
    Nathan was a boss sent from hell, he never got along with anyone from work.
    Vanessa walked to Nathan's office with her hands on the back, the door was open but she still had to knock. At the first knock, he looked at the door like a slithering reptile staring at her with an evil eye, the look itself brought fourth a thousand ways to run, Vanessa thought of walking away. Her inner gut told her not to, she stood on the door like a kid singing the National Anthem.
    A text from Michelo came through; Shame! Standing on that door makes you look like a kid begging for candy. Why don't you go in there and act like a drug queen, nigger is draining your beauty. Your hips will finish if you stand there for too long, this is not a military camp.
    Vanessa couldn't help it but laugh at the text, she replied back saying; if I ever get fired, you will be one of the main reasons why.
    Nathan sank in his chair, he clapped hands once as if in utter despair, accompanying the gesture with the gruff grunt often meant to suppress an urge for derisive laughter. "Are you suddenly running mad, should we hire someone to replace you, you know this firm is not for people who are insane. Come in and explain why its difficult to pick up the phone when your boss is calling yet you are busy flirting on your phone. Isn't this the same phone I called on?"
    "I'm sorry sir, I was driving," replied Vanessa.
    "Wow you where driving? You were suppose to be here by 10am, may I remind you that there are people with better qualifications than you, they deserve this job more than you do, you are here behaving like your ancestors own this company."
    "Like I said, I am sorry, you won't understand a thing."
    "What won't I understand? That you are late for work? Tell me, is there anything to understand other than that? You are not taking this work serious! You expect me to clap for you?"
    "It won't happen again."
    "I think you should go through our work ethnics."
    "No need for that, here are the files you asked me to work on," Vanessa replied while leaning forward to put the files on the table.
    "Are they ready?"
    "Yes they are."
    Vanessa handed the files to Nathan and walked out, she wasn't in the mood to listen to Nathan, whatever he had to say, let him say it to himself and spare her the drama. Whatever issues he had in his life, he urgently needed to sort them out and save everyone the pressure of having to put up with him. She did a majestic walk from the office, Michello did a silent clap for Vanessa.
    "You look like you just kicked some ass." Michello joked.
    "Dude! As you see me like this! I was roasted by your evil boss," Vanessa grunted twisting her neck.
    "Guys like him have issues."
    "Which is?"
    "Mentally or under_mentally.'
    "I understand mentally but what is under_mentally ?"
    Michello whispered something to Vanessa's ears and they both laughed hysterically. I can bet their laughter was irritating, everyone at the office stared. They continued doing their thing. At lunch, they rushed to their usual eating place.
    Vanessa's phone vibrated, a call from Mutinta came through.
    "To what do I owe this call, don't tell me you miss me already."
    "Our aunties are here."
    "It's alright, tell them I will be back by 15."
    "Okay I will deliver the message."
    "Make them feel comfortable and prepare a meal."
    "I'm on it sis."

    After the call Vanessa deflated like a bellow, she knew her auntie's visit meant nothing good but trouble.
    "What's with you? Was it bad news you received?"
    "Not at all, nothing to worry about." Vanessa said composing herself.
    "Dude I know you. That call has changed your mood."
    "I'm all good."
    Vennesa tried by all means to contain her emotions, she didn't want Michello to know about her pains and sorrows.
    The two ladies continued with their chit chat while enjoying their lunch.
    They went back to the office in time, Nathan had the tendency of locking the main entrance for late comers.

    Vanessa was on phone talking to Mutinta who was complaining of how impatient the old women were getting when Nathan walked to her desk.
    "To my office right now."
    She pleaded with Mutinta to reason with the women and cut the call.
    Vanessa walked to Nathan's office sweating, her heart was beating like a 100 meter pacer, she walked behind him. He opened the door for her and banged the door behind them. He asked her to sit down, she sat on one butt. Nathan paced around, from the look of things, he was furious. Vanessa wished the ground could open up and swallow her.
    Nathan finally broke the silence, "What is your job at this firm?" before Vanessa could respond to the question, Nathan interrupted her. "So you think gossiping, flirting and talking on phone is the reason we hired you, let me warn you, if this goes on. You will never live to see yourself at this firm." Vanessa was puzzled, she didn't know what wrong she had done. She thought of asking but debated on it. People like Nathan are not the type to argue with, a bitter differing ends in harsh words. She kept quiet to avoid uncalled for auguments. Nathan went on and on shouting at Vanessa. . Vanessa's phone rang amidst. Nathan snapped, "you see, this is what I'm talking about," Did you tell people you work for Airtel Or MTN queries? I asked you to do something simple instead you did the opposite. "Did you even look at the files you gave me?" asked an angry Nathan. "Yes I looked at them?" replied Vanessa, Nathan threw the files at Vanessa, he asked her to leave his office and go through the files.
    For a moment Vanessa felt like tearing the files in Nathan's face and tell him off.
    She walked out of the office with a heavy heart. . . Mutinta on the other hand kept calling. Vanessa switched off her phone, she didn't want to unleash her burning anger on an innocent person. . She never bothered to look at the files, she continued working on the day's work.
    They knocked off at 18, she was in a hurry to go home. As she was driving in the yard, her aunties were leaving the house. She apologized for not coming as earlier promised, she greeted them, auntie Jenny responded while auntie Mary and auntie Sophia looked at her like she was a naked mad woman. Auntie Sophia was the first to shoot a missile.
    Auntie Sophia: Just look at yourself, to think you being unmarried is a curse is an understament, you come here driving in that posh car wearing that short dress and those high heels looking like a flamingo yapping to us. Do we look like your age mates? Let me tell you, this flashy life is nothing without a man and children. Instead of you to wear a wrapper, kneel down and greet us, you greet us whilst in the car.
    Auntie Mary: You see, children of nowadays have lost it, they do not have respect for elders. Just because they have acquired some little wealth, they view us to be useless. Let me tell you, this grey hair means wisdom which you will never have. You think the papers you obtained from the higher school institutions you went to have given you knowledge. I'm sorry to disappoint you, you are a tubulasa, your mind is an empty slate. This is why you have not been able to get yourself a man. Which man in his right senses would marry a woman who comes back this late. How will you cook and look after him? I'm warning you, if you don't change this attitude, you will die single.
    Auntie Jenny: What's with you two, can't you give the child a break. What crime has she commited? You can't listen to what she has to say before you lay blames at her feet.. What has marriage got to do with all this? My child please don't mind these two, old age is getting the best of them.
    Auntie Sophia: Shut up Jenny!! You mean to tell me that we should not condon bad behavior. Now I see why your marriage failed, I don't blame your husband for leaving you. . Its clear you don't have any sense at all.
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    Vanessa couldn't take it anymore, she asked them to keep quiet.. "Enough." She exclaimed. Auntie Sophia walked towards Vanessa, a hot slap landed on her chick before she could recover from it, another one landed on the other chick. "Nonsense! I don't know how true it is that my late brother fathered a fool like you."

    Part Two

    Vanessa maintained her calmness, she never wanted to be labelled as a bad child, she proceeded to welcome them back in the house. They all sat down on the sofa. Vanessa asked if Mutinta served them anything to eat.
     "We have already eaten, we do not wish to waste anymore time here. Let's get to the reason why we are here," replied aunt Sophia. "Well I'm all ears," Vanessa replied faking a smile.
    Auntie Mary: Your sister's boyfriend made things official last week, they brought salamu and paid half of the money they were charged, we are here to discuss the way forward."
    Vanessa: Congratulations to her, I spoke to her last night. She didn't mention anything. . Anyways exactly what do you mean by discussing the way forward, isn't it the bride and groom's decision to do so. Our part is to add on and support whatever decision they will make.
    Aunt Marry: See why I told you it was pointless to come here? We wasted our time, I knew nothing good could come out of her mouth. Sophia, let's go.
    Vanessa: Please my elders do not get me wrong, what I mean is that we cannot come to a conclusion without the presence of the couple. We should at least know what they want, is it a wedding, kitchen party or both.
    Aunt Jenny: I conquer with Vanessa's suggestion, we cannot decide on their behalf, let us first hear from them then take it from there.
    Aunt Sophia: You two never cease to amuse me, what really goes on in those heads of yours? The problem is that the little education you acquired makes you think you have made it in life.
    Vanessa: Aunt Sophia, please let's not call each names. Why do you like saying things contrary to the topic? Can't we for once have a normal conversation without shaming each other? We are here to discus and if there any concerns to be raised, we are free to say so.
    Aunt Mary: Your heart is hard like a rock, is it your sister's fault that you haven't been able to find a man! I knew it, you are jealous of her, ain't you? Mamamamama mwana uyu! Your own blood sister is getting married has become a problem.
    Vanessa: Aunt you are going off the hook, why would I be jealous of my own sister? Off course I'm happy for her.
    Aunt Sophia: Happy you say? It hurts you that she is getting married before you. She has been a good girl, she scooped the grand prize of a century, she managed to find herself a prince rather than driving expensive cars and living in a luxurious home without a child's cry.
    Aunt Mary: My advise to you my daughter, humble yourself. Men do not settle for women with pride like yourself. Learn one or two things from your sister.
    Aunt Jenny: No one is jealous of anyone, let's behave like adults that we are.
    Aunt Sophia: Says the professor whose husband ran away with a girl twice her age.
    Aunt Jenny: Sophia, I won't allow you to insult me, make it the last time you talk of my marriage or else!
    Aunt Sophia: Or else what? What will you do? The truth hurts huh. It's obvious Vanessa takes after you, there is no such behavior from our family. You raised this child and everything she is now is as a result of your parenting.
    Aunt Jenny: I raised Vanessa to be a good child that she is today, I don't see myself sucking at my parenting. She is a child with morals and values, has respect for elders.
    Aunt Mary: You praise yourself to be a good parent but you have failed in all angles of life apart from one which in fact is relevant. The only thing you taught Vanessa is how to climb on those mountain shoes, wearing short clothes, cruising in fancy cars and wearing heavy make up. You couldn't keep your own man, how do you expect her to learn how to keep one.
    Aunt Sophia: Point Mary, you are very right or are you forgetting that Chellah died prior to their wedding, like aunt like niece.
    Vanessa: I have respect for you all. Let it remain so, if Nchimunya wants to get married. Let her do as she wishes, its her life and if I don't ever get to be married, that will be my cross to carry and my bridge to cross.
    Aunt Jenny: Vanessa, calm down.
    Vanessa: Aunt, don't intervene, this is between me and these two women. I agree that I have not been able to find a man and bear children, may I remind you that all things work according to God's plan who is the overseer of all that are bound to happen, if me being unmarried is such a big issue, do what you feel is appropriate. You talk of Chellah's death as if it was my fault, have you for once thought of how he died or better yet bother to ask me.
    Aunt Sophia: You now address us as "these woman" for telling you the truth. We are leaving your stupid house.
    Vanessa said her goodbyes and stood to go to her bedroom, she threw herself on the bed, tears ran down her face. She lay wide awake, blinking in the dark like an idle owl. ' Why do people have to be this cruel, how could her own family members treat her with so much  hate .' What in the world did she ever do to deserve such hurtful remarks.

    Vanessa had forgotten about Chellah's death, its something she will have to live with for the rest of her life, its a painful past she ringers on. Chellah's death changed many things, its been a tough journey, instead of her family to support her, she became a mockery.


    The mention of Chellah brought back ancient memories, she could remember it like it was yesterday. She met Chellah on a plane to Namibia, Chellah was endowed with a longish face, a French nose, big rounded eyes, he had a beautiful smile which showed off his perfect dental formula. Vanessa and Chellah were among the seven students that were chosen to represent Zambia at the Southern Africa student's meeting which was held at University of Namibia. Chellah was a student at CBU, in his final year doing Engineering. Vanessa too was in her final year at UNZA in the school of Economics, they clicked the first time they met. Vanessa and Chellah became inseparable, they started off as friends until Chellah asked Vanessa to be his woman, it was a love to remember. When they both completed school, it wasn't long enough when Chellah found work at Konkola Copper Mines (plc) in Chililabombwe.
    He couldn't wait any longer, he made things official. He asked for Vanessa's hand in marriage, everything was underway. The wedding date was set, at the time Vanessa and most of Chellah's relatives were in Lusaka thus picking Lusaka as the location for the wedding venue. A week to their wedding, Chellah was called back to work, he was urgently needed to help fix a machine which was giving problems. Even though he was on leave and a wedding ahead, as a good man that he was, he flew to the Copperbelt. He together with three engineers from Australia worked on the machine, they were done within two days. On a Wednesday morning, Chellah called Vanessa telling her how much he loved and adored her. Later that morning he drove to work to inspect the machine before flying back to the love of his life. The machine wasn't working to its expectations, they did their final touches, one of the white guys asked Chellah to switch some cables, Chellah accidentally connected the cables. He was electrocuted, by the time they switched off the machine, Chellah could hardly move. They rushed him to Konkola mine hospital, upon arrival,he was pronounced dead.

    Vanessa was called to go to Chililabombwe, they told her Chellah fell ill, she traveled together with two of Chellah's relatives, an uncle and his brother unbeknownst to her, she was traveling to identify the body of Chellah, she sent him numerous text messages telling him how she was eager to see him.
    They reached Chililabombwe town around 19, they were told visiting hour was over. They went to Chellah's house, everything smelled of him, she slept in their bedroom. Looking at the four walls, she imagined how life was going to be. Only two days to their wedding and she was going to be Mrs Chellah.
    She woke up in the morning to the twittering of the birds, she prepared porridge for Chellah, she put it in a food warmer, knowing how hospitals are, she carried some clean beddings. Around 8 in the morning, a company vehicle picked them up. Vanessa texted Chellah's line; Hey my love, in a few minutes, I will be there. Please hang in for mummy, you will be fine. Love you my superman.

    Upon reaching the hospital, Chellah's brother's began to cry. Vanessa was in shock, she stared at him. When they got to the hospital, she noticed some of Chellah's work mates and friends crying, they cried harder when they saw her. Her lips trembled and smarted, with the beddings and the warmer of porridge in her hands, Vanessa fell down. Poor lady , she couldn't consume what she saw and collapsed. . . She was rushed to the ICU, she regained consciousness after hours. They took her to the mortuary, seeing Chellah's lifeless body, Vanessa lost it. She was taken to Chellah's house. A tent was put up, people gathered for the funeral. Vanessa refused to believe her superman was gone, she cried her heart out, in the evening she attempted suicide, she took a dosage of pain killers, she was rushed back to the hospital, she was in hospital until the day of burial. On what was to be their day of union, Vanessa was forced to say good bye to her superman, Chellah was buried on Saturday at Kakoso cemetery in Chililabombwe.

    After the burial, the two families met to discuss what was to follow, they agreed to give some of Chellah's properties to Vanessa, some heavily pregnant woman interrupted them saying she was pregnant with Chellah's baby therefore her unborn child deserved a share among Chellah's things. Vanessa was thrown off the hill, Chellah never mentioned this to her, they never kept secrets from each other and to think he got another lady pregnant while dating her, Vanessa broke down. She could not believe what befell her, aunt Jenny was with her all the way, "take heart my child, do not let this distract you," aunt Jenny whispered to her niece, Vanessa sobbed holding on to aunt Jenny.

    The woman's story changed many things, they began to argue. Some family members refused to buy the story of Chellah being the one responsible for the pregnancy for he never mentioned it and he wasn't alive to confirm it.
    One of Chellah's Cousin backed the woman's story, he confessed Chellah had told him about the other lady though he asked him to keep it a secret. He didn't want Vanessa to know a thing as he feared she would leave him. Hearing all this angered Vanessa, she told them to count her out of Chellah's properties. She didn't want anything to do with Chellah's memories. The person she had known for two years was not what she thought he was.
    A week later, she was cleansed as per tradition even though they were not legally married, she left Chililabombwe and vowed never to return. Vanessa was hurt, she did not know whether to mourn Chellah or the stranger she came to know. She had lots of questions but no one to give answers. She felt betrayed by Chellah, when was he planning to tell her about the other woman and the baby.
    Beneath dark secrets Chellah was willing to go ahead with the marriage. How many more grave secrets lay with Chellah.
    She wondered why her aunties would bring up the pain that engraved her. . . Mutinta and aunt Jenny knocked hard on the door begging her to open the door and let them in.
    "Don't worry, I wish to be left alone for a moment, I will be out soon," said Vanessa.
    "My love, I'm worried, open the door," replied aunt Jenny
    "Aunt, are you forgetting you raised a strong woman, I'm perfectly fine."
    "Please honey, listen to me."
    Aunt Jenny was difficult to convince, Vanessa went to shower. She opened the tap, that way she cried without anyone hearing, as the water run down her body, she cried a river. Many things went through her mind, Her parents death as well as Chellah's were among the things she hated life for. She wished her parents never died, if they were alive, her father's sisters wouldn't be bitter, aunt Sophia and her accomplice aunt Mary were the most cruel people. God was fair enough to bless her with a good hearted kind woman with a motherly heart just like her mother, aunt Jenny was a rare jewel, after her sister's death. She took care of her sister's children like her own. She played the motherly part very well.
    After the shower, she wore her pajamas and joined Mutinta and aunt Jenny who were in the TV room watching Twist of fate on Zee World, Mutinta prepared supper, they ate while remising on the old days.
    Later that night after Mutinta retired to bed, aunt Jenny had a talk with Vanessa telling her not to mind what the women said, Vanessa's phone rang, Chimunya was calling.
    "Hey my bride, congratulations on your engagement though you kept it a secret from me, I am so happy for you," Vanessa said, broadening her voice.
    "You are jealous of me, I have always known from the time we were kids," replied a furious Nchimunya.
    "What are you talking about? Don't tell me your mind has been poisoned by those wicked women, you can do better than that."
    "I knew it, me getting married before you would bring out your true colors, its not my fault no man is interested in you."
    "Nchimunya yebo, buluya! I won't tolerate you disrespecting me, I'm your elder sister. I wouldn't be jealous of you, for what? Because you are getting married? Hell no!"
    "Talking to you is useless, I heard you refused to take part in the marriage preparations."
    "Says who? You now believe what others say. For your only information I didnt refuse, I was only suggesting to follow the right channel."
    "The others as you have you put it are the only relatives I can relay on, the rest of you have no part in my life."
    "Say what! You have guts haaaa."
    "It's true what they say, you are indeed cursed, that's why Chellah died."
    With that Nchimunya dropped the call.
    The spirit of ghost reading, I bind it in Jesus name, it drains my urge to write.

    Part Three

    Elders are suppose to bring family together but mine divide family apart. To say I was disappointed is the least of it, I was worried with the behavior of my aunties. We were surely headed for a downfall, Nchimunya decided to dine with the enemy. No matter what happens, family should stick together, I dont know whether to blame Nchimunya or myself, When our parents died, aunt Jenny took Mutinta and I after my father's relatives argued that they couldn't let us all go to aunt Jenny thus Nchimunya went to live with aunt Sophia. I feel I should have done more, Nchimunya is different from me and Mutinta. Whatever aunt Sophia turned her into, it is not pleasing at all. She has turned her against us, I have tried to amend our bond, she just won't let me. As the eldest, it hurts because I promised my dying father that I would take care of my siblings.
    It pains when relatives say hurtful things but it pains more when it comes from someone you share blood ties with, Nchimunya could not wait to listen to what I had to say before jumping into conclusions.
    After the call, Vanessa broke down, aunt Jenny asked her to be strong.
    "Do not allow the wicked to weaken you, you are stronger than them for you are right, God will never forsake those that are true to their word, your sister is crazy and hot tempered. Soon she will realize her mistakes and will apologize, as you know there is no single bone of truthfulness in Mary and Sophia."
    "What did I ever do to those two, I have tried, I'm tired of always having to put up with them."
    "The bible says forgive and forget, stop punishing yourself."
    "Aunt its too much, how have you managed to put up with them mebo ndalilwa (I have failed)."
    "I learned a long time that holding grudges is worthless, live each day that comes with happiness. Holding on to pain brings much more pain."
    "I can't do it aunt, I'm not you."
    "You are not me but you are strong just like your late mother, those two wicked women have always been like that even when your mother was alive, she had altercations with them, its in their blood."
    "Essssssshiii! They are a handful."
    "You should go to bed now."
    "You can go, I will join you later, I have to finish up."
    "Do not over work yourself."
    "I have a boss straight from hell."
    "Come give me a hug."
    "I miss your hugs."
    "I will sleep with Mutinta."
    "Why not with me."
    "You are a big girl, you have stopped seeing the piggy monster."
    "Hahahaha I still see it."
    "Goodnight my munchkin."
    "Goodnight, do not let the bed bugs bite you."

    Aunt Jenny was an angel from up above up, she was just like Vanessa's mother. It's sad life had not been fair with her, her husband left her for a young blonde . Her children turned against her, their father tarnished her name, they sided with him. Truly she is a diamond among stones. One would never know the pain she has endured. Behind that beautiful softer person is a woman who has passed through all the stages of sorrows yet she is full of selfless love. Only she know how she pulls through.
    Vanessa went through the files Nathan gave her, upon going through them, she didn't blame him for his reaction. The files were not the ones she was given, they were for a different project. She felt bad, Mutinta must have given her the wrong files. Anyways she will have to take the other files to Nathan and apologize though she felt like he deserved it in some way. . Vanessa looked for the other files. She made sure to put them on the open so that she won't forget again.
    She broke off the night, for the first time in years, she took a picture frame of a picture of her and Chellah, with her fingers caressing the picture, she dropped a tear, "if you where here, we would both be happy with our kids running in the house making noise. . I have tried to get mad at you but its of no use, you are gone to the land of no return, I wish you said something before you died. Why did you have to travel back to Copperbelt, the machine you died for is an object. Your life was not irreplaceable. Look at us, look at me. Do you know how I looked forward to waking up next to you? Hahahaha you can hear me right? Forgive me for being silly and all emotion, you will forever be my superman, continue to rest in peace partner."
    Vanessa played Chellah's favorite songs, with that she bounced to dreamland.
    She had a wired dream, in the dream she saw Chellah with a child, he run to her and knelt down before her. She asked him what he was kneeling for, he pointed in the direction of the child and disappeared.
    Vanessa woke up panting, she was sweating. . She wondered what the dream meant, it was scary though.
    She got her bible, mediated upon some verses, she fell asleep and was awoken by aunt Jenny.
    "Morning pumpkin."
    "Morning aunt, what time is it?"
    "Hold your horses, its 6 o'clock."
    "I should get ready."
    "I will be going, I will pass through later in the week."
    "Ohhhhh no, can't you stay longer, I still need you."
    "Sweetheart, you are forgetting I have a home, besides I'm a grown woman."
    "You are usually alone at home."
    "The more reason I asked you to move in with me."
    "No aunt, I want to grow up, you spoonfeed us too much."
    "You see, but remember you are welcome any time."
    "Thank you, you are the best."
    "I love you."
    "Love you too."
    "I should get going, I have made some breakfast for you."
    "You are such a darling, I hope you made my favorite."
    Vanessa escorted her aunt to the garage, she was driving the latest Jeep Charoeke.
    "This one is a real beast."
    "You love it, very much."
    "I was watching a documentary on BBC."
    "Let's exchange, I will get your car."
    "No, it's alright."
    "Come on, give me your car keys, you can have a feel of her."
    "You sure!"
    "Yes."
    Vanessa hurried in the house to get her car keys. . . Aunt Jenny drove out in Vanessa's BBW X3.
    What's life without aunt Jenny?
    Vanessa finished preparing herself, she ate the breakfast prepared for her thereafter took the files to the car. . She returned in the house to get her flash, new ride needed good music.
    She drove off playing Chandelier by #Sia, the car was pretty comfortable.

    At work Michello screamed with joy, she was shocked seeing the ride Vanessa came in.
    "Don't get your hopes up, its my aunt's car, she lend me."
    "Really, babe your aunt deserves an award, she let you drive her car? Dammmm you are lucky."
    "No I'm blessed."
    "Indeed you are."
    "Is Lucifer in?"
    "Hahahaha not yet, let's go in and lock the entrance."
    "You are evil just like him"
    "Let him feel what we feel."
    "I refuse to be part of it."
    "You are a coward."
    Nathan walked in minutes later, as usual he rocked his navy blue slim fit suit. . He was smelling nice, something new, he had a different hair cut, at first glance someone would think he was an actor from Hollywood.
    He said hello to everyone and proceeded to his office, Vanessa took the files to Nathan . . . She was scared of what he would say. . .
    "Vanessa, why are you standing there, please come in."
    Vanessa walked in saying a silent prayer.
    "Please sit."
    "No need, I'm here to bring the files."
    "Have you finished?"
    "Actually I gave you the wrong files, I'm sorry for that. It won't happen again."
    "Thank you, you can leave, tell Jonathan to hurry with my coffee."
    "I will, thank you."
    Vanessa's day started on a good note, Nathan didnt shout at her.. . Did angel Gaberial visit him?
    "How did it go?"
    "You won't believe this, he didn't shout or anything."
    "You lie, what happened to him?"
    "I'm equally shocked."
    Jonathan had not yet reported for work, Vanessa feared Nathan would snap, she went back to his office.
    "Sorry sir, Jonathan is not yet in."
    "Can't anyone make my coffee apart from Jonathan."
    "Let me find out."
    "Find out!! Where are you going?"
    "I'm going to find someone to make your coffee."
    "Why? Ain't you human! Make it for me."
    "Me?"
    "Yes you."
    "But_sir, I. . . I mmmm."
    "But what! You don't know how to make coffee?"
    "I know."
    "What are you waiting for, make it snappy."
    Vanessa hurried to her desk, she pulled Michello aside, before she could tell her,  the supervisor called for Michello. . She was stuck on what to do, she didn't know how Nathan wanted his coffee. . She called Jonathan, his phone rang unanswered. . . Left with no option she called Mutinta since she makes nice coffee, she texted her the way about it. Vanessa quickly ran to the kitchen, as per Mutinta's instructions, she made the coffee. She trembled as she took it to Nathan.
    Thank you, put it on the table." Nathan said looking at his computer.
    "You are welcome" replied Jenny.
    Vanessa kept peeping to see if Nathan was taking his coffee, she finally saw him put the cup to his mouth, she became restless. "Take a chill pill Vanny, that coffee is okay." She spoke to herself.
    Michello came back, "what is it you wanted to tell me that couldn't wait."
    "Lucifer asked me to make him coffee since Jonathan is not in."
    "Tell me you put salt in it."
    "Salt? Why that?"
    "What else could you put? he is a mean guy."
    "Hehehe you are mad, I'm done with you."
    "Let him ask me to make him coffee, I will use my urine and salt with a bit of soda."
    "Why are you this heartless?"
    At lunch time, Nathan give Vanessa a proposal for his upcoming board meeting.
    Vanessa thought of asking how the coffee tasted. Nonetheless, it was pointless, thank God he didn't say anything which meant it was either bad or good.
    Mutinta called Vanessa to tell her she was outside. . Vanessa rushed to meet up with her thinking something might have happened.
    "What's wrong, are you okay?"
    "Yes I'm alright, what's up?"
    "I thought something happened to you."
    "I was bored thus paying you a surprise visit plus I brought you lunch."
    "Awwww so sweet of you."
    "Anything for a wonderful sister."
    "Thank you, you are one in a million."
    "You too, I should get going."
    Vanessa's day was showered with love, Mutinta was the best, such a young soul with a big heart.
    Vanessa enjoyed the meal with Michello.
    "You know what, let's continue with home cooked meals, I hate the junks that we eat at restaurants."
    "Good idea."
    Vanessa's phone flashed, there was a text message from Nchimunya: I'm asking you to prove your love for me, we are having a meeting at my place this evening.
    Vanessa texted back: I will be there, thank you for informing me.
    That evening, after knocking off from work, Vanessa drove to Nchimunya's house. . When she walked in, everyone was whispering to each other, she greeted them all and sat down. Nchimunya asked Vanessa to help her serve some snacks before they started with the meeting.
    She could feel the distance Nchimunya was giving her, all in all she stayed for a sister. .   .Every time Vanessa brought an idea, aunt Sophia opposed.. . Vanessa was getting impatient, everyone's suggestions were welcome, why not hers. . She started texting her cousin Mandy, she would then say it, everything went well until the part for contributions. Aunt Sophia suggested Vanessa pay for the venue, food and top it with Kr10,000, It came as a shock to Vanessa and others.
    "Why should she do all that alone?" asked Mandy.
    "Isn't she rich, besides she has no where to take her money, she has no husband and no children, some of us have lots of responsibilities," replied aunt Sophia
    "That's okay,  its just that right now, I have other priorities at hand, I will contribute Kr12,000."
    "That's fine, in fact you have tried." said one of Nchimunya friends.
    "Mwana yebo ulaliyanda (selfish), from the millions that you make, you are only giving away that little?"
    "Sorry aunt, I wish to do more but I have other pending issues."
    "Pending issues, Ndakomba! (Please)," shouted aunt Sophia.
    "It's alright, since she has given something," said Nchimunya.
    "These riches that some of you have, I doubt they are genuine, it speaks volume. Why having lots of money but no kids. . Can't you at least get pregnant? Do you sleep with mad men for the money?" aunt Sophia was talking to herself.
    Vanessa knew that was directed to her but she kept quiet.
    The meeting was done and people started leaving, Nchimunya escorted them, Vanessa, Mandy and aunt Sophia remained in the sitting room.
    "Who is the owner of that red beast outside?" Nchimunya asked when she came back.
    "Me, its not mine though, I exchanged with my car," Vanessa replied.
    "You exchanged with who?"
    "Aunt Jenny, I will be getting my car soon."
    "Liar! That's your car, we found it in your garage yesterday," aunt Sophia interrupted.
    "Aunt please not today, when aunt Jenny comes visiting, she always parks her car in the garage. She probably came before you," Vanessa said trying to defend herself.
    "Cheat! You have money to waste on cars but you are giving your sister peanuts," aunt Sophia replied in a mocking tone..
    "Is it true that its your car?" a doubting Nchimunya asked.
    "No_ No Nchimunya, not you too, let me call aunt Jenny so you can hear it from the horse's mouth."
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    I have given you guys the last chance, if you do not change, I will go ahead.
    Good day.

    Part Four

    "Nchimunya, please hear me out, that's not my car."
    "I guess you are aunt Jenny's favorite! She can do anything for you, even if it means covering up for you."
    "No, that's not it."
    "Then its what, you have always had the best of things. What about me!"
    "You are over reacting."
    "You never want me to have it all."
    "For a car, just a car that's not even mine, you are attacking me."
    "You can leave, your work here has been done."
    "You are chasing me out of your house?"
    "Chasing is a better term, next time I will drag you out."
    "Nchimunya, Nchimunya what's with you?"
    "I said leave!"
    "Hell no, you don't talk to me like that, I'm not your mate."
    "Yes you are not my mate, why would I be your mate? You are too old."
    "You now talk to me like that?"
    "I will talk to you however I feel like."
    "Jesus, the demons in you are powerful, you need deliverance."
    "What did you say? Just because you have demons doesn't mean we all have them, you talk of deliverance when you are the one who needs it the most."
    "I'm leaving your house, I hope you realize soon because it will be too late."
    "Go, pass through any Pentecostal church for prayers, I foresee you dying single."
    "Will both of you shut up! Nchimunya I'm shocked at your behavior, this is your elder sister, why do you people want her to prove her love by giving you money, family cannot be bought. About the car, I have seen aunt Jenny in that car several times. She contacted me two months ago asking for advice on insurance." said Mandy.
    Thank you Mandy, I appreciate your clarification, I'm off."
    "Wait for me, I cannot stand the air in here," Mandy uttered.
    "Mandy, where are you going?" commanded aunt Sophia
    "Mum, you don't know the importance of peace, the only thing you are good at is tearing people apart, you know that's not me, I believe in harmony, as for you Nchimunya, open your eyes before its too late. This evil woman will create a monster in you."
    Vanessa and Mandy left Nchimunya's house, they drove in different directions, Vanessa cried her eyes out, life was giving her many reasons to hate it.
    She was in deep thoughts when suddenly she saw a track coming in front of her, she tried to turn to the other side, there was another car coming, she avoided causing an accident and drove in the drainage hitting her head on the dash board.
    People stopped and helped her, to her amusement the car was in perfect shape with just a scratch. Some men helped pull the car out of the drainage, Vanessa drove to Lusaka Trust Hospital, a doctor attended to her, she was good to go home, he requested she returns the next day for further check ups.
    Vanessa called Jenny to tell her about the accident.
    "Hello aunt, sorry I had a little accident."
    "What! Which hospital are you at? Are you okay?"
    "Hold your fire, I'm very fine though the car has a scratch."
    "My dear, what matters is that you are okay."
    "Does that mean you are not mad at me?"
    "Mad? Pumpkin, why would I be mad at you?"
    "I was worried."
    "Cars are wealth of the world, we can always fix it."
    "Thank you."
    "Where are you?"
    "I'm driving from the hospital going home."
    "What did the doctor say?"
    "That I should go back tomorrow for more tests."
    "Okay, I'm coming to your house."
    "Aunt, its late besides I'm fine, you can not be driving this late."
    "I have to see you."
    "It's late, you will see me tomorrow."
    "I insist."
    "Stop being stubborn."
    "If you say so, see you in the morning."
    "Goodnight."
    "Take care."

    Vanessa got home at 10pm, Mutinta was peacefully sleeping, she did not want disturb her. .
    Knowing she will need to visit the doctor the next day, she called Michello to tell her about the accident, Michello insisted Vanessa calls Nathan and explain to him. Vanessa however denied to do so, which person in their right senses would call Nathan at 22. Michello convinced Vanessa to do it then than later.
    "You want to make that call in the morning and tell him you had an accident?"
    "Yes, I will call him at 5am."
    "You expect him to buy your story, you must be out of your mind."
    "I cannot call him now, its late, he's probably sleeping."
    "That one is a workaholic, he should be up this time."
    "Let me call him, if I get in trouble, we are going down together."
    Michello was right, Nathan was very difficult. She searched for his number on the caller's list. Pressed on the name, she failed to touch that dial, finally she pressed on call, it rang unanswered. As she was about to cut, she heard his voice.
    "Hello Vanessa."
    Vanessa had no guts to go on with the call, she ended it. Within seconds Nathan called back.
    "Sorry, were you calling or did your phone dial itself?"
    "I was calling, I think I ran out of talk time."
    "Its normal, what's up?"
    "I had an accident this evening."
    "Ohhh shame! I hope you are not hurt, where are you?"
    "Just getting home."
    "Have you been checked by a doctor?"
    "I'm from the hospital."
    "That's better, any injuries?"
    "On the contrary, I just feel pain on my left arm."
    "Have you been given any medication?"
    "They gave me pain killers, I have been told to go back tomorrow to run more tests, in case I come to your office to ask for permission then you know why."
    "You do not have to come for work in that state, go to the hospital and hear what the doctor has to say, we will know what to do next."
    "Thank you sir, I will call to update you."
    "I will be waiting, get well soon, goodnight."
    "Goodnight, Sleep well."
    No matter how bad, tough, stiff someone can be, they always have a good side of them. Whoever thought Nathan had a good part of him with that hot temper of his.
    Vanessa took the painkillers she was given, she took a shower and went to bed.
    Mutinta woke up around 8am, she opened the window and noticed the car in the garage, she went to Vanessa's room to wake her. Vanessa was fast asleep.
    "Ba sis, wake up, its 8."
    "What! Its 8." Vanessa said jumping out of bed.
    "What's with your left arm, is it me or what, it looks swollen."
    "Ohhhhh my arm, I almost forgot."
    "What happened?"
    "I hurt myself last night."
    "I'm sorry, are you going to work like that? Call and tell them, you are not well right?"
    "I already called them."
    "We need to get you to the hospital."
    "Prepare yourself, you will drive me."
    "Really, that's so cool."
    "Hurry, don't take forever."
    Vanessa and Mutinta drove to the hospital, Vanessa had an X_ray done on her arm. Aunt Jenny joined them later, a few minutes later, the doctor called Vanessa to his office.
    "Like I said last night, some injuries are internal, you have a fractured bone, that means we have to perform a Plaster of Paris (POP) on you."
    "Does that mean my bone is broken."
    Its just a fracture, it will heal soon, once we put the plaster then you are guaranteed of quick healing."
    "Thank you, I kinda got worried."
    "Nothing to worry about, you can still continue with your usual routines, going for work, cooking but your left hand won't be doing much of the work."
    "Shame, I feel sorry for myself."
    The news of having a POP upset Vanessa, she told aunt Jenny and Mutinta about it. They all comforted her, "its going to be fine, we are here for you 24/7."
    An hour later, Vanessa went in the doctor's office, they mixed some white powder with water which formed a paste that hardened quickly, they put it on her arm.
    "That's it for now."
    "That's all, Jezzz its heavy, my arm feels strange."
    "I will give you a week to rest, thereafter you can return to work."
    "I appreciate so much doctor, when will this plaster be removed?"
    "After a month, take care of yourself."
    "I will, thank you."
    Vanessa was starting to miss the feel of her arm, they drove back home, aunt Jenny tailed behind.
    Aunt Jenny stayed for an hour or so and left, she promised to be back.
    Vanessa called Nathan to tell him about the doctor's decision, his number went to voicemail, she sent him a message.
    Vanessa received a call from Michello.
    "Hey butah, today I learned the importance of your presence in my life, I'm so lonely, I have a lot of things to gossip about."
    "I miss you too, being home all days feels like punishment."
    "I envy you who is home, there is too much work to be done in the office."
    "You wouldn't want to be in my shoes."
    "By the way, how did it go at the hospital."
    "They have put POP on my left arm."
    "What's that, tute?"
    "Don't embarrass me, its called Plaster of Paris in medicine."
    "Whatever! Where I come from, its called tute."
    "I won't argue with you."
    "So they put that on your left arm, what else?"
    "Nothing, just that."
    "How do you feel?"
    "Butah it feels weird."
    "I pity you."
    "I know right."
    "When are you back for work?"
    "Next week."
    "So they are removing that thing next week?"
    "No, after a month."
    "That long?"
    "Imagine."
    "I will pass through when I knock off."
    "You will find me."
    "I have to go."
    "Wait, before you cut, is Nathan in the office?"
    "Yes he is, what's up?"
    "I have been trying to call him, his phone is off."
    "He was in a meeting with some clients."
    "I see, tell him I have been given a week off by the doctor, Mutinta will bring the sick note tomorrow morning."
    "Speaking of Nathan, he was . . . . . "
    Before Michello could finish her sentence, someone called for her.
    "Good bye cherry, I have to go, see you later."
    "Hey you are leaving me in suspense, remember you were about to tell me something."
    "I will call you later."
    Michello dropped the call, Vanessa hated to be left in suspense. She wondered what it is Michello wanted to say about Nathan.
    Being home all day was boring, Vanessa missed work, she missed Michello too much, she lay on the couch watching TV, there was a knock on the door.
    "Mutinta, come check who is at the door."
    Mutinta went to open the door, "come in she said."
    "Who is it?" Vanessa asked.
    "Its Mr Nathan your boss."
    Vanessa turned around to look, there he was.
    "Hi sir, how did you find this place? Sorry forgive my bad manners, please take a sit."

    Part Five

    "Thank you, nice place you have here."
    "Thank you."
    "Mutinta, what are you still doing there? get our visitor something to drink."
    "It's alright, I'm okay.'
    "You can't come all the way here without having anything to quench your thirst."
    "Who said I'm thirsty, I'm fine, trust me."
    "You can be, its a long journey."
    "I wasn't trekking."
    "I insist, have something, a glass of water?"
    "You don't give up, do you?"
    "You are in my house, so its on me."
    "Fine, I will have a glass of water."
    "That's more like it."
    "How are you, I can see the POP on your hand, I already heard from Michello."
    "What?"
    "Everyone at the office knows you have a tute on your arm."
    " Hahaha, that's Michello for you."
    "Yeah, she has been quiet today, guess you are her every day remedy."
    "I miss her too, we are like sisters."
    "What did the doctor say?"
    "Michello didn't tell you?"
    "No she didn't."
    "She remembered about the POP and forgot the important part."
    "You know how she is."
    "I have been given a week off, my sister will bring the sick note tomorrow morning."
    "Don't stress, I will have it, you can not be left alone in this situation."
    "Work made easy, Merci beaucoup."
    "Welcome."
    "Be right back, excuse me."
    Nathan excused himself to go outside, Vanessa was still in shock. Lucifer as she calls him was in her house. She peeped through the window staring at him, she realized she was in a bum shot, she ran to the bedroom to put on a wrapper. She bumped into Mutinta on her way from the bedroom.
    "Watch it young lady, you want to disable my hand."
    "Dam! Your boss is hot."
    "Shut up! How did you know him."
    "You and Michello are ever complaining about him, remember that time you were throwing shade at a picture he posted on Facebook."
    "Shhhhi keep quiet, he might hear you, do you want us to loose our jobs."
    "See, you are good at gossiping yet scared of him, I wish he knew how much you hate him, he wouldn't step his foot in this house."
    Nathan walked inside with paper bags of groceries, "I had to be sure I was at the right house before bringing these out."  Mutinta helped to carry the bags to the kitchen."
    "They are too many, you didnt have to."
    "It's not me, everyone from work contributed something."
    "How sweet of them, please thank each one of them for me."
    "I will."
    Mutinta brought the glass of water, she knelt down to extend the glass to Nathan.
    "You do not need to do that, please stand up."
    Vanessa's phone rang, "sorry, I have to take this."
    "Its alright," Nathan replied
    "The remote is on the table, you can change the channel."
    "Okay cool, its like every woman suffers from a Zee World syndrome."

    "Hey you, Lucifer is coming to your place , that's what I wanted to tell you earlier, I gave him directions to your house, pray he gets lost."
    "Idiot, speaking of the devil, he is in the TV room."
    "What! But how?"
    "You are asking me, was it not you who gave him my house address."
    "I never knew he was that smart, he managed to get there?"
    "Duhhh he managed, you would have at least warned me."
    "I was about to before Mr Ibrahim called for me."
    "Do you realize he found me in a bum shot."
    "That one, don't worry, I think he is not into women."
    "Michello!!!!"
    "What! Have you ever seen him with a woman, there are hot girls from our office, have you ever see him stare or flirt with any of them. How many women have tried to hook up with him, still nothing."
    "Ndiwe silu iweh."
    "Wake up butah, all signs show he is gay, see how he gets along with Jonathan, its like they suckled from the same breast, they are both hot and irresistible.
    "I give up, good bye I have to go."
    "Wait, how is it going, is he mean to you? If he is, pour hot water on him."
    "I cannot do that."
    "Ever heard of the term revenge is sweet? Pretend its an accident, didn't your mama teach you some real life lessons, pay back is a woman."
    "You are unbelievable."
    Vanessa walked back to the TV room, Nathan's eyes were glued on the Telly, if men were asked to choose between their women and soccer, 90% of woman would be single.
    There was a match on supersport, Manchester United was playing against Chelsea.
    "Ohhh you are back? I didnt see you come, here is the remote."
    "No it's alright."
    'You are a soccer fun."
    "Yes I am."
    "Which team do you support? Tell me you are a red devil."
    "Sorry to disappoint you but.."
    "That statement should end there, there are seven billion people in this world, four billion support Manchester United, three billion support other teams, Manchester rules whether you like it or not."
    "The love you have for Manchester is unconditional."
    "So is your love for Zee world and Telemundo."
    "I'm not really a TV person."
    "Give me a break, your morning debate is always about Zee World, you think I don't here you with your accomplice, ohhhhh Pragga this, Tanu is heartless, Abhi is foolish."
    "I must say you have caught me on that one."
    "Its nothing to be ashamed of."
    "Maybe yes, maybe no."
    Nathan was getting impatient, his team was not scoring, for a moment he forget he was a visitor. He would jump on his feet , nod his head and commentate as if he was in the field playing . Vanessa was busy on her phone gossiping with her bestie. She could hear Nathan talk to himself, "look, look, pass that ball you clown, what's with this guy, he is clumsy."
    When Manchester finally scored, Nathan whistled with excitement, he realized he was not in his home. "Sorry for the noise Vanessa." "It's alright, feel free," she replied.
    Conversation between Vanessa and Michello.
    Michello: Tell me you have poured hot boiling water on him.
    Vanessa: I wanna see heaven, I wouldn't do that, you are going to hell alone."
    Michello: How did a coward like you find yourself to be my friend?"
    Vanessa: God sent me in your life to neutralizes your madness.
    Michello: What is he doing now?
    Vanessa: Watching soccer.
    Michello: In whose house? Chase him, he is finishing electricity."
    Vanessa: You are on savage level ten.
    Michello: So he is seated on the couch with ma chick ka?
    Vanessa: No, he is not the mean Nathan you know.
    Michello: Maybe the angel of death visited him, that explains his sudden odd behavior.
    Vanessa: Will chat later. It will look bad, I cannot be on phone with a visitor around."
    Michello: You are too soft. I wish he came to my house, right about now he would be in the backyard pounding cassava leaves.
    Vanessa: Later.
    Michello: Keep me posted.
    The match was done, Nathan stood to take his leave, Vanessa stopped him, "dinner is ready, please stay and have dinner with us, Mutinta prepared for three." "I wish I could but it's running late, tell Mutinta I appreciate her warm hospitality, the glass of water was enough, I will join you the next time I'm here. "She will feel bad if you refuse to eat her food.
    Nathan wasn't hungry but Vanessa was right, Mutinta wasted her time to prepare the food, he didn't want to disappoint her so he stayed for dinner.
    Mutinta set the table, when she was done serving, Nathan and Vanessa sat at the table, Vanessa prayed and the three had their dinner..
    Nathan complimented Mutinta's cooking. After eating, Nathan helped to clear the table, Mutinta stopped him but he insisted. "You cooked this wonderful food for us, served it. The least I can do is this."
    Vanessa was still coming to terms with the Nathan in front of her, Nathan was full of surprises, the evil Nathan helped clear the dishes.

    Nathan said his goodbyes, he thanked the ladies for welcoming him with open arms.
    Vanessa was walking Nathan to the door when Nchimunya walked in.
    "Hello Vanessa."
    "Nchimunya, what a pleasant surprise."
    "I heard you almost killed yourself."
    "It was a little accident, I'm fine."
    "You couldn't call to tell us, are we that useless?"
    "I didn't want to worry you."
    "Ain't you going to introduce me to your friend?"
    "Ohhh sorry, Nathan this is Nchimunya my immediate young sister, Nchimunya meet Nathan my boss."
    Nchimunya extended her hand to greet Nathan, " Nathan the boss from hell right, nice to meet you." stammered Nchimunya.
    "Say what?" Nathan replied
    "Nice to meet you."
    "The pleasure is all mine."
    "Let me see him out, I will be back."
    "I will be on my way too, I only came to see how you are doing."
    "Come on, stay a little longer."
    "Why should I?"
    "Okay let me give Nathan a push."
    "Listen, I have seen you and you are fine, I will be going, by the way when are you bringing the money?"
    "That soon, what's up?"
    "We want to start doing other things."
    "Can't it wait? I do not have money at the moment."
    "Every time I try to amend things, you always push me away."
    "Hey ladies, it was nice to meet you all, I have to go." Nathan said to break off the ladies conversation.
    "Nathan, you can't leave, I have questions for you, I want to find out how much your company pays Vanessa and when?"
    "Nchimunya is it necessary?" Vanessa uttered in despair of shock.
    "Sorry mam, I can't disclose such information, it's between Vanessa and the company. I'm their overall boss and not the Company owner, I'm not associated with workers salaries."
    "Ohhh Nathan, its not like I'm snitching on Vanessa, she is right here listening, please tell me."
    "Vanessa will be the one to tell you, you might as well pass through the office, the accountant and human resource manager will give you that which you seek."
    "Can I escort him, he has answered your questions." Vanessa said shaking her head.
    Vanessa walked Nathan to his car, she had shame written all over her face. Nchimunya has gone too far, asking Nathan a stranger she just met irrelevant questions was embarrassing. Vanessa felt embarrassed, she wondered how Nathan viewed her.
    "Sorry for what happened in there."
    "It's alright, there is one in every family, get well soon and stay blessed."
    Nathan got a pen from his pocket and wrote something on the plaster.
    "Growing up, I was told when one has this on them, you ought to leave a signature."
    After putting his signature, he got in his car and drove out..
    Vanessa went back in the house fuming with anger.
    "What the hell was that? Where are your manners?"
    "What's the big deal, you like the guy."
    "Make it the last time you walk in here and terrorise my guests."
    "Since when did he become your guest, I thought you hated the guy, don't tell me you like him."
    "I'm serious, even though I dislike him, show some respect, that's my boss for Christ sake."
    "You like him, don't you? I can see love written all over your eyes."
    "He is my boss, I'm comfortable like this because of the company he and I work for."
    "Anyways who would make you forget Chellah, he is in your blood."
    'Let us not go there, this ends here."
    "You are in love with a ghost, that's why."
    "I'm off, get well soon."
    "Thanks for coming."
    "You are not going to see me off, unless your boss?"
    "Nchimunya I do not want your trouble this night."
    Mutinta saw Nchimunya out, Vanessa wondered if truly Nchimunya was her sister, they were different. . She was starting to hate her sister, asking Nathan on matters concerning the salary was stupid.
    Before going to bed, she called her everyday guru, her phone was off. Michello does not switch off her phone, maybe the battery died.
    She looked at the words Nathan wrote on her POP, she laughed not knowing the meaning.
    Michello's words of Nathan being gay came rumbling, is it true that he is gay? Vanessa asked herself.
    Why am I bothering myself if he is gay or not, its none of my business.
    Thought of the devil, he texted to say he was home.
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    Part Five

    "Thank you, nice place you have here."
    "Thank you."
    "Mutinta, what are you still doing there? get our visitor something to drink."
    "It's alright, I'm okay.'
    "You can't come all the way here without having anything to quench your thirst."
    "Who said I'm thirsty, I'm fine, trust me."
    "You can be, its a long journey."
    "I wasn't trekking."
    "I insist, have something, a glass of water?"
    "You don't give up, do you?"
    "You are in my house, so its on me."
    "Fine, I will have a glass of water."
    "That's more like it."
    "How are you, I can see the POP on your hand, I already heard from Michello."
    "What?"
    "Everyone at the office knows you have a tute on your arm."
    " Hahaha, that's Michello for you."
    "Yeah, she has been quiet today, guess you are her every day remedy."
    "I miss her too, we are like sisters."
    "What did the doctor say?"
    "Michello didn't tell you?"
    "No she didn't."
    "She remembered about the POP and forgot the important part."
    "You know how she is."
    "I have been given a week off, my sister will bring the sick note tomorrow morning."
    "Don't stress, I will have it, you can not be left alone in this situation."
    "Work made easy, Merci beaucoup."
    "Welcome."
    "Be right back, excuse me."
    Nathan excused himself to go outside, Vanessa was still in shock. Lucifer as she calls him was in her house. She peeped through the window staring at him, she realized she was in a bum shot, she ran to the bedroom to put on a wrapper. She bumped into Mutinta on her way from the bedroom.
    "Watch it young lady, you want to disable my hand."
    "Dam! Your boss is hot."
    "Shut up! How did you know him."
    "You and Michello are ever complaining about him, remember that time you were throwing shade at a picture he posted on Facebook."
    "Shhhhi keep quiet, he might hear you, do you want us to loose our jobs."
    "See, you are good at gossiping yet scared of him, I wish he knew how much you hate him, he wouldn't step his foot in this house."
    Nathan walked inside with paper bags of groceries, "I had to be sure I was at the right house before bringing these out."  Mutinta helped to carry the bags to the kitchen."
    "They are too many, you didnt have to."
    "It's not me, everyone from work contributed something."
    "How sweet of them, please thank each one of them for me."
    "I will."
    Mutinta brought the glass of water, she knelt down to extend the glass to Nathan.
    "You do not need to do that, please stand up."
    Vanessa's phone rang, "sorry, I have to take this."
    "Its alright," Nathan replied
    "The remote is on the table, you can change the channel."
    "Okay cool, its like every woman suffers from a Zee World syndrome."

    "Hey you, Lucifer is coming to your place , that's what I wanted to tell you earlier, I gave him directions to your house, pray he gets lost."
    "Idiot, speaking of the devil, he is in the TV room."
    "What! But how?"
    "You are asking me, was it not you who gave him my house address."
    "I never knew he was that smart, he managed to get there?"
    "Duhhh he managed, you would have at least warned me."
    "I was about to before Mr Ibrahim called for me."
    "Do you realize he found me in a bum shot."
    "That one, don't worry, I think he is not into women."
    "Michello!!!!"
    "What! Have you ever seen him with a woman, there are hot girls from our office, have you ever see him stare or flirt with any of them. How many women have tried to hook up with him, still nothing."
    "Ndiwe silu iweh."
    "Wake up butah, all signs show he is gay, see how he gets along with Jonathan, its like they suckled from the same breast, they are both hot and irresistible.
    "I give up, good bye I have to go."
    "Wait, how is it going, is he mean to you? If he is, pour hot water on him."
    "I cannot do that."
    "Ever heard of the term revenge is sweet? Pretend its an accident, didn't your mama teach you some real life lessons, pay back is a woman."
    "You are unbelievable."
    Vanessa walked back to the TV room, Nathan's eyes were glued on the Telly, if men were asked to choose between their women and soccer, 90% of woman would be single.
    There was a match on supersport, Manchester United was playing against Chelsea.
    "Ohhh you are back? I didnt see you come, here is the remote."
    "No it's alright."
    'You are a soccer fun."
    "Yes I am."
    "Which team do you support? Tell me you are a red devil."
    "Sorry to disappoint you but.."
    "That statement should end there, there are seven billion people in this world, four billion support Manchester United, three billion support other teams, Manchester rules whether you like it or not."
    "The love you have for Manchester is unconditional."
    "So is your love for Zee world and Telemundo."
    "I'm not really a TV person."
    "Give me a break, your morning debate is always about Zee World, you think I don't here you with your accomplice, ohhhhh Pragga this, Tanu is heartless, Abhi is foolish."
    "I must say you have caught me on that one."
    "Its nothing to be ashamed of."
    "Maybe yes, maybe no."
    Nathan was getting impatient, his team was not scoring, for a moment he forget he was a visitor. He would jump on his feet , nod his head and commentate as if he was in the field playing . Vanessa was busy on her phone gossiping with her bestie. She could hear Nathan talk to himself, "look, look, pass that ball you clown, what's with this guy, he is clumsy."
    When Manchester finally scored, Nathan whistled with excitement, he realized he was not in his home. "Sorry for the noise Vanessa." "It's alright, feel free," she replied.
    Conversation between Vanessa and Michello.
    Michello: Tell me you have poured hot boiling water on him.
    Vanessa: I wanna see heaven, I wouldn't do that, you are going to hell alone."
    Michello: How did a coward like you find yourself to be my friend?"
    Vanessa: God sent me in your life to neutralizes your madness.
    Michello: What is he doing now?
    Vanessa: Watching soccer.
    Michello: In whose house? Chase him, he is finishing electricity."
    Vanessa: You are on savage level ten.
    Michello: So he is seated on the couch with ma chick ka?
    Vanessa: No, he is not the mean Nathan you know.
    Michello: Maybe the angel of death visited him, that explains his sudden odd behavior.
    Vanessa: Will chat later. It will look bad, I cannot be on phone with a visitor around."
    Michello: You are too soft. I wish he came to my house, right about now he would be in the backyard pounding cassava leaves.
    Vanessa: Later.
    Michello: Keep me posted.
    The match was done, Nathan stood to take his leave, Vanessa stopped him, "dinner is ready, please stay and have dinner with us, Mutinta prepared for three." "I wish I could but it's running late, tell Mutinta I appreciate her warm hospitality, the glass of water was enough, I will join you the next time I'm here. "She will feel bad if you refuse to eat her food.
    Nathan wasn't hungry but Vanessa was right, Mutinta wasted her time to prepare the food, he didn't want to disappoint her so he stayed for dinner.
    Mutinta set the table, when she was done serving, Nathan and Vanessa sat at the table, Vanessa prayed and the three had their dinner..
    Nathan complimented Mutinta's cooking. After eating, Nathan helped to clear the table, Mutinta stopped him but he insisted. "You cooked this wonderful food for us, served it. The least I can do is this."
    Vanessa was still coming to terms with the Nathan in front of her, Nathan was full of surprises, the evil Nathan helped clear the dishes.

    Nathan said his goodbyes, he thanked the ladies for welcoming him with open arms.
    Vanessa was walking Nathan to the door when Nchimunya walked in.
    "Hello Vanessa."
    "Nchimunya, what a pleasant surprise."
    "I heard you almost killed yourself."
    "It was a little accident, I'm fine."
    "You couldn't call to tell us, are we that useless?"
    "I didn't want to worry you."
    "Ain't you going to introduce me to your friend?"
    "Ohhh sorry, Nathan this is Nchimunya my immediate young sister, Nchimunya meet Nathan my boss."
    Nchimunya extended her hand to greet Nathan, " Nathan the boss from hell right, nice to meet you." stammered Nchimunya.
    "Say what?" Nathan replied
    "Nice to meet you."
    "The pleasure is all mine."
    "Let me see him out, I will be back."
    "I will be on my way too, I only came to see how you are doing."
    "Come on, stay a little longer."
    "Why should I?"
    "Okay let me give Nathan a push."
    "Listen, I have seen you and you are fine, I will be going, by the way when are you bringing the money?"
    "That soon, what's up?"
    "We want to start doing other things."
    "Can't it wait? I do not have money at the moment."
    "Every time I try to amend things, you always push me away."
    "Hey ladies, it was nice to meet you all, I have to go." Nathan said to break off the ladies conversation.
    "Nathan, you can't leave, I have questions for you, I want to find out how much your company pays Vanessa and when?"
    "Nchimunya is it necessary?" Vanessa uttered in despair of shock.
    "Sorry mam, I can't disclose such information, it's between Vanessa and the company. I'm their overall boss and not the Company owner, I'm not associated with workers salaries."
    "Ohhh Nathan, its not like I'm snitching on Vanessa, she is right here listening, please tell me."
    "Vanessa will be the one to tell you, you might as well pass through the office, the accountant and human resource manager will give you that which you seek."
    "Can I escort him, he has answered your questions." Vanessa said shaking her head.
    Vanessa walked Nathan to his car, she had shame written all over her face. Nchimunya has gone too far, asking Nathan a stranger she just met irrelevant questions was embarrassing. Vanessa felt embarrassed, she wondered how Nathan viewed her.
    "Sorry for what happened in there."
    "It's alright, there is one in every family, get well soon and stay blessed."
    Nathan got a pen from his pocket and wrote something on the plaster.
    "Growing up, I was told when one has this on them, you ought to leave a signature."
    After putting his signature, he got in his car and drove out..
    Vanessa went back in the house fuming with anger.
    "What the hell was that? Where are your manners?"
    "What's the big deal, you like the guy."
    "Make it the last time you walk in here and terrorise my guests."
    "Since when did he become your guest, I thought you hated the guy, don't tell me you like him."
    "I'm serious, even though I dislike him, show some respect, that's my boss for Christ sake."
    "You like him, don't you? I can see love written all over your eyes."
    "He is my boss, I'm comfortable like this because of the company he and I work for."
    "Anyways who would make you forget Chellah, he is in your blood."
    'Let us not go there, this ends here."
    "You are in love with a ghost, that's why."
    "I'm off, get well soon."
    "Thanks for coming."
    "You are not going to see me off, unless your boss?"
    "Nchimunya I do not want your trouble this night."
    Mutinta saw Nchimunya out, Vanessa wondered if truly Nchimunya was her sister, they were different. . She was starting to hate her sister, asking Nathan on matters concerning the salary was stupid.
    Before going to bed, she called her everyday guru, her phone was off. Michello does not switch off her phone, maybe the battery died.
    She looked at the words Nathan wrote on her POP, she laughed not knowing the meaning.
    Michello's words of Nathan being gay came rumbling, is it true that he is gay? Vanessa asked herself.
    Why am I bothering myself if he is gay or not, its none of my business.
    Thought of the devil, he texted to say he was home.
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    Part Seven

    "Butah you are confused, its the work of the hunters you are taking?"
    "No babe, I'm not drunk, that guy resembles an ex of yours. Maybe they are related or something."
    "Babe, slow down on the alochol."
    "Alcohol is bae, did I tell you that I'm in love with that man."
    "What man? You are telling me now."
    "The one I spent a night with."
    "Doesn't he have a name?"
    "A name? He has, anyways forget, he probably was after the sex, it seems I satisfied his selfish desires and he is done."
    "I always told you not to rush into giving the forbidden fruit, but you don't listen, see what you have gotten yourself into."
    "Can you imagine he hasn't called or texted me."
    "He better not call you in this state."
    "What did you say."
    "None, let's go have some of aunt Jenny's wings."
    "Just what I need."
    Vanessa hated to see Michello sad, she must have given in too much to make the relationship work. That's men for you.
    Nchimunya approached Vanessa.
    "Hey sis, can I talk to you?"
    "Sure, no problem."
    "Thank you for coming."
    "Don't mention it, what are sisters for."
    "What were you talking about with Jason? Sorry for asking."
    "No its fine, you can ask. I was on the phone talking to the tailor, he was admiring the car, when I went to the car to get my charger, the conversation began, he was complimenting the car before you interrupted us."
    "I trust you sis, you are the best sister."
    "You are welcome."
    Michello was hitting it to Music. She danced herself to death. Vanessa sat Michello on a chair, she went around looking for Mutinta.
    "Look at the kind of friends she has, how do you expect her to find a decent man when she hangs around with whores." Aunt Sophia threw shade at Michello.
    "I hear she has a son out of wedlock, maybe she had him with a married man." Aunt Mary concluded.
    Michello stood to face the two witches.
    "I gave you the right to insult me, I heard you open your stinking mouths talking ill of me and Vanny. I kept quiet, the mistake you made is dragging my son into this. What has my drinking got to do with my precious son?"
    "Please leave, you are too drunk."
    "Aunt Sophia I feel pity for you, I think you grew up without love from your care givers, you are bitter for nothing. You need total intervention or else you will die a painful death. Let me tell you something, its not anyone's fault that you went through whatever pain you went through, things have changed now. If you don't have the courage to talk to a relative or friend, please visit a clinic, counselling is free of charge."
    "You have no respect at all, is that how you talk to elders?"
    "If its you aunt Mary, dare not to talk trash about me, make it your last time, the next time you open that thing you call a mouth, I will cause commotion on your body. . Ain't you ashamed at your age, you haven't achieved anything, just because you gave birth to thieves and prostitutes doesn't mean every mother birthed one. Look at aunt Jenny, she may have issues in life but she is living a successful life, in psychology aunt Jenny is said to be a self actualized person."
    "Shut up, go find the father of your child, you can as well find your son a father figure."
    "Hahahaha look whose talking, you whose children grew up with a father figure, what did you raise, you old hags belong to the stone age, who told you that the pride of a woman is tied to marriage? This is the 21st century, women have evolved, there is feminism. My son is a future doctor, lawyer, engineer and I will make sure that happens."
    "Leave it Sophia, she is not worth it."
    "Let me tell you morons something, marriage is not a life time achievement, even a grade one leaver can get married, while your mates are out there wallowing in riches, going to expensive vacations, driving big cars, flying in aero planes, the only thing you are good at is gossiping. Today I will show you that I'm not the type to mess with, nonsense!"
    "You are a disgrace to your parents."
    "Just as you are a disgrace to your children, it must be painful to be born from you, if I were your child, I would kill myself.
    Aunt Sophia stood to slap Michello, however Michello got to her and kicked her. Within seconds she was on the ground, she jumped to aunt Mary and spear headed her. The two witches were down gasping for air. Funny though, no one tried to stop the fight. Michello was about to do a choke slum on aunt Sophia when Vanessa stopped her.
    "Butah, what's wrong with you, you want to kill my aunt"
    "Ask your foolish aunties, they were saying stupid things about me and my son. No one talks shit about my son.
    "Aunt, why did you have to? I have always told you not to ruffle feathers with everyone."
    "So you are supporting your friend."
    "So what if she supports me over you?"
    "'I'm not supporting anyone."
    "Who doesn't know how much you love your friends."
    "That's because her friends love her like family should."
    Vanessa dragged Michello to the car, aunt Jenny followed them.
    "What's wrong my dears?"
    "We are going home, thank you for having us."
    "But the party has just started, I want us to celebrate Nchimunya's engagement."
    "Aunt, Michello is drunk, she was fighting with aunt Sophia and aunt Mary.
    "I only did what I had to do, no one talks ill of my son."
    "Those two can be annoying at times, forgive them." Aunt Jenny replied.
    "Aunt Jenny, I'm not you or Vanessa, I will put them in their place."
    "You see, we need to get home."
    "I will pass through in the course of the week."
    "Where is Mutinta?"
    "There she comes."
    "Hey sis, are we leaving?"
    "What does it look like? I have been looking for you."
    "Sorry, I was helping to peel potatoes."
    "Get in the car, I need to get Michello home before she causes another scandal."
    "I hear she beat up aunt Sophia and aunt Mary.

    At home, Vanessa put water in a bath tab, she put Michello in the tab.
    "Butah, why are you putting me in a swimming pool, you want me to drown?"
    "What were you taking?"
    "I took 6pac of Storm and three cups of Absolute Vodka."
    "No wonder, you are like this."
    "Let me out of this pool, I thought you are my friend. Little did I know you are the shi devil herself."
    "You are talking too much, what makes you think I wanna kill you."
    "You are just like your aunts, your friend is down and you put her in a pool knowing well I can't swim."
    "Never seen you this drunk."
    "Am I drunk, ohhhhhhhhh my head is spinning, I'm seeing Jesus, he is coming for judgment, how come my spiritual angel is wearing a skinny jean? Are angels allowed to wear skinny jeans?"
    "Yours is wearing a skinny jean as a sign of hell."
    "No, no I don't want to go to hell, I want to go to heaven where there is assorted wine."
    "That's a foolish reason to want to go to heaven."
    Michello fell asleep, around 21 o'clock, there was a knock on the door, Vanessa went to check who was there. To the shock of her eyes, Nathan was standing before her.
    "Good evening sir."
    "Good evening Vanessa."
    "Sorry for coming unannounced, I have been trying to call you but your phone is off."
    "My battery died, we were at a family gathering, please come in."
    "I'm not staying, its late, I came here for the sick note, we are having a board meeting tomorrow morning and as you know they want the full report."
    "Speaking of which, I have finished with the files for the board."
    "Really, let me see them."
    "In a minute."
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    "Here you go, please check through."
    "Thank you, you have relieved me of stress, I have alot of things on my table, I need to finish before morning."
    "You can leave some, It will be my pleasure to have something to do."
    "No, what you have done is alright."
    "Which is better, I help you tonight or going home with them, what if you do not finish up, if you are worried about me sleeping, I slept the whole day besides home is boring."
    "You have a point there, get this flash and read through the documents in Work...D, then edit them and print them out, I'm talking about printing, do you have a printer."
    "Yes I do, I will do just that."
    "Thank you, can I have the sick note before I forget."
    "Let me get it."
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    Vanessa gave Nathan the sick note, with that they said their good byes.
    Vanessa felt good to finally have work at hand, she did as instructed, she made sure everything was correct, word by word, figure by figure.
    She slept around 3 in the morning, she set an alarm at 05 and at 5 exactly she called Nathan. . He picked up at the second ring.
    "Hello."
    "Sorry sir, am I disturbing you?"
    "Good Morning Vanessa, you are not disturbing."
    "The files are ready, should I send Mutinta to the office."
    "OMG, the files, I forgot."
    "I have finished."
    "I haven't done anything here."
    "What? You lie."
    "I dozed off."
    "What are you going to do now?"
    "The meeting starts at 8:40."
    "You can't move it to 10:00."
    "No I can't do that."
    "Do something right away, send me an Email."
    "You have too much at hand, I will send my driver to pick the files."
    "Sir, quit being stubborn, send an Email, I will help you with the ones remaining unless you want to look incapable of the job they hired you for."
    "I'm grateful, thank you."
    "Send your driver at 7, I will be done."
    Upon receiving The Email, Vanessa did as instructed, she was done by 7, at7:30, the driver picked the files.

    At 11, she received a call from the office.
    "Good morning madam, your presence is urgently needed at the office.

    Part six

    Vanessa replied back to Nathan's text message; good  to hear.
    She tried Michello's phone, still no response, she gave up and went to bed.
    Vanessa was awoken by Michello's phone call.
    "Hey sweetie, sorry I couldn't come yesterday, I knew with Lucifer visiting, you wouldn't be bored."
    "You switched off your phone, you made me wait for you the whole night, wait? Why are you sounding like that?"
    "What's up!"
    "You was with a man right?"
    "No!"
    "B...t..h you spent a night with a man."
    "Silly how did you know? Come to think of it, let's quit work at that boring company and open a church, you will be the prophetess, I will be the treasurer, Mutinta will be a deaconess, your evil sister will be a praise and worship leader, your two witches from East side will be ushers and aunt Jenny will be the senior pastor."
    "You are mad, who is he?"
    "You are asking too many questions."
    "My friend has a man and I'm not aware of his existence."
    "Some guy I met at a workshop in Livingstone last December."
    "Dam girl, you are one hell of a catcher."
    "Its not that."
    "How come you never mentioned him to me."
    "I was waiting to see how far it goes before telling you, my dating life is filled with riff raffs."
    "This one is for keeps?"
    "It seems so, so far he has proven worth the keep, that's if he isn't hiding anything under his skin."
    "Hmmmmmmmm, why did you switch off your phone?"
    "I didnt want anyone to ruin my night, you know how many guys I have."
    "You can take a man from the streets but you can't take the streets out of a man."
    "What does that mean? As a matter of fact, I'm willing to put my whoring ways behind me."
    "Hahahaha you, Michello Mr Moonga's daughter retiring from whore_military? The moment you meet a new guy, you will forget that poor soul, I feel sad for him."
    "Babe, I like this guy, he is blessed underground and he is skillful."
    "Mitch!!!! Don't tell me you already went down that road."
    "Things got a little complicated, the next thing our lips were locked together, our hands were all over each other and yes we ate the forbidden fruit."
    "Babe, you do not know this guy."
    "I knew Mike for three years, where is he?"
    "You are a hard nut to convince."
    "What difference does it make, tell me."
    "What if he is married or sick."
    "You know my health is my number one priority, we used a rubber."
    "Good for you then."
    "I have to go, he is getting out of the shower.
    "Bye bye."

    Michello was a love freak, she easily fell in love, most of the time, she fell for the wrong guys. . .If all what she said was true. then I would be happy, its sad to see her being hurt, she has tried so many times to fall in love but nothing productive came out."
    Vanessa missed work, she realized how boring home was, Mutinta had gone to the pharmacy to get some medicine.
    Vanessa watched every movie on Dstv Catch up but nothing killed her boredom. . She dozed off on the couch, she woke up around 15, she fixed herself a meal.
    Aunty Jenny sent a text; there will be a meeting at my home to discuss Nchimunya's marriage preparations, please be there.
    Why is it that I'm the last one to be told about family issues, I'm hardly involved, why the F word do they even include me?
    Mutinta walked in, "who are you talking to? Don't tell me you were talking to yourself."
    "I sure was, I didn't hear you come in."
    "You look stressed, are you okay?"
    "What would stress me?"
    "Sis, I know you, its your boss right?"
    "I'm perfectly fine, why does everyone think Nathan is the headline of my problems?"
    "You have two sources of stress, Nathan and Nchimunya."
    "Speaking of Nchimunya, there will be a meeting at aunt Jenny's place, as my driver, you know what to do."
    "I think I should be your personal driver, I'm loving it big time."
    "You are crazy."
    Michello got in time just before Vanessa and Mutinta were about leaving, Mutinta was locking the door, Vanessa was in the car.
    "Over here." Vanessa waved at Michello.
    "Where is the patient going?"
    "I'm not sick."
    "Pela where are you going with that tute."
    "Don't start, park your free to air in my garage and join us."
    "But I'm hungry."
    "Did you tell me you are coming?"
    "No, I wanted to surprise you since you are on house arrest."
    Well, you have surprised yourself."
    "Serious Vanny, I'm starving."
    "Didn't you eat at your new man's place."
    "I was at work, I had coffee in the morning at bae's place."
    "Isssshi he already graduated to being called bae?"
    "We will talk about that later, first I need energy."
    "Ask Mutinta to put some food in the food warmers and please return my warmers, you have literally gotten all the lunch boxes from my kitchen."
    "Didn't anyone tell you I'm family, I didn't sign up for this, its God."
    "Quit talking, go get food, we hit the road."
    "I'm on it."
    "Start talking."
    "Chill."
    I gave you that food because I want you to tell me who the mysterious man is."
    "Ahhhhhhhh foolish, forget."
    "Don't try me, I can get the food."
    "I see you want me to upgrade from diploma in madness to degree in insanity."
    "You have started hiding things from me, I will pata you."
    "By the way, what did you feed Nathan, for the first time in my life, he smiled at me."
    "Do not change the topic."
    "There is a kid here, you want us to discuss kung fu?" Michello whispered.
    "I'm not a kid you know, stop whispering to each other."
    "Madam driver, just drive."
    "You are both insane, let me play some music."
    There were many cars at aunty Jenny's place, they were forced to park outside the yard.
    Vanessa laughed as they walked in, Michello was cracking jokes.
    "There you are," aunt Jenny hugged the ladies.
    "Welcome, make yourselves comfortable."
    "Thank you aunt."
    Aunt Jenny pulled Vanessa to the corner, "how are you my child, sorry I haven't been to your house, I'm busy with work." "It's alright I understand, I'm all good."

    "Your aunt cooks the best food, I hope we are here to eat."
    "Hehehe what's with you?"
    "I hope none of your relatives will try to pull my nerves, I ain't you, hope you gave them my life history."
    "Behave, we are high class women, fighting and arguing is for ghetto women."
    "I'm good at changing personalities."
    "Shiiiii, you are making noise."
    "What are we here for?"
    "There will be a meeting between the two families, ours and the family to Nchimunya's fiance."
    "I hope he is hot."
    "I haven't met him yet."
    "I have negative zero trust in your sister, she sucks at her choice of men."
    "Keep quiet, there she comes."
    Nchimunya greeted the ladies, she walked to aunt Jenny, she knelt down before aunt Jenny, "the visitors are outside, they are waiting for you to welcome them in the house."
    "Dude, your sister is an actress, look how she is putting up that act, I wish we were in Hollywood, I would nominate her for an Oscar."
    "Why is it so hard for you to mind your own business."
    When Nchimunya's fiance walked in, his presence dropped a bombshell. . Vanessa was shocked to the bone, the man they introduced as Nchimunya's husband to be was no other than Jason, Vanessa's ex boyfriend.
    ' What is this? How is it that Nchimunya is getting married to Jason?'
    Jason noticed Vanessa, he became unease.. . The groom's family agreed to sponsor the wedding and the kitchen party.
    They served the groom and his family food and drinks, they refused eating saying it was against their tradition to eat or drink anything before the Chilanga Mulilo.
    Vanessa went outside to digest the drama before her. Things between her and Jason didn't end so well. She had dated Jason in high school until they completed school, he traveled to China to pursue medicine, they maintained their relationship even with the distance between them. Jason started acting up, he would call Vanessa after a week, Vanessa however hanged on to the relationship hoping for the best while expecting the worst. Jason called things off saying he couldn't trust Vanessa anymore. Vanessa was heart broken, she vowed never to love again until she met Chellah. The question was "how did he and Nchimunya know each other?"
    Things were not adding up, something was wrong somewhere. She saw Jason coming her way and pretended to be on phone.
    "Excuse me, many years have passed but I can never forget this face.".
    "Sorry, are you talking to me?"
    "Yes, seems you are on the call, I will wait for you to finish."
    "It's fine, you can talk."
    "Vanessa right? You haven't changed a bit."
    "And who are you?"
    "Jason."
    "Jason from where, do I know you?"
    "Actually you do."
    "I don't think so."
    "We once had something when we were young."
    "The reason I can't remember you, I was too playful back then."
    "Outch! That hurts, it means I was not the only one."
    "My bad, you know what adolescent hormones can do."
    "Jason Ngwira, does that ring a bell, we were high school sweethearts, I left for China and you went to UNZA."
    "Ohhh its you, you can't call what we had love, we were both childish."
    "I agree."
    "I saw you inside, what are you doing here?"
    "Nchimunya, my young sister is getting married."
    "Which Nchimunya, you mean my bride to be is your sister? Real or step?"
    "Blood sister, what's up?"
    "I'm the groom, weren't you there at the introductions."
    "I was, I was busy on phone typing an Email."
    "I'm the man that is marrying your sister, that makes me your brother in law, isn't this a coincidence?"
    "Wooow congratulations, it's good to have you as my brother in law."
    "I'm in disbelief."
    "Don't be."
    "Fate had a way of bringing us together though in a twisted way."
    "Yeah, you and my sister make a lovely couple."
    "What happened to your arm, did your hubby batter you?"
    "Hahaha funny, I had a little accident."
    "How is hubby and where is he? I heard some years back that you were getting married."
    "It didnt happen."
    "Why?"
    "He died days prior to our wedding."
    "Ohhh my God, I'm sorry for your loose."
    "Thank you."
    "God has a way of doing things, we should never question his will."
    "Death is part of us, he is in a better place, before I forget, my sister should never know we once dated."
    "That happened thirteen years ago, long before I met her, I doubt it would offend her."
    "She should never know, period!"
    "There she comes."
    "You heard what I said."
    "There you are, I have been looking all over for you." Nchimunya said perking Jason.
    "I was here admiring this beast here, it's a nice car this lady has."
    "I see, this lady is your sister in law, show some respect."
    "Ohhh sister in law, this car you have is a wild beast."
    "Its not hers, its for aunt Jenny."
    "Aunt Jenny has a good taste with cars, was she the one we met at Manda Hill, she was driving a BMX X3."
    "Yes, the car she was driving is not hers, they exchanged with my sister."
    "Great, seems you share the taste."
    "Yes we do, what's your name again?" Vanessa replied.
    "Ohh forgive my bad manners, I haven't introduced you two. Vanessa this is Jason, my hubby to be. Baby you heard her name, she is my elder sister."
    "You didn't mention having an elder sister, I know of your sister by the name of Mutinta."
    "Maybe I forgot."
    "Hey love birds, let me leave you two, Jason, congratulations once more."
    "Thank you Vanessa."

    "Hey butah, where did you disappear to? There is something I can't get my mind off, that guy looks like someone I know."
    "Which guy!"
    "Nchimunya's fiance."
    "He looks like who?"
    "Like. . . . mmmm...... Like. . Let me refresh my memory, he looks like some guy on an old picture of yours, I don't know but the resemblance is too much."

    Part Eight

    "What could be the problem?"
    "Its a matter that requires your presence."
    "My presence? I'm on leave, can't it wait?"
    "It's just for a short time."
    "Okay, I will be there in the next forty minutes."
    "Sharp."
    Vanessa wondered what it was that the accountant urgently wanted her for, she looked around for Mutinta, she was nowhere to be seen. Michello was fast asleep, considering the hang over Michello had, it was practically impossible to wake her up, Vanessa had no option but to drive herself to the office, she wrote a note and placed it beside Michello.
    Vanessa got herself something casual to wear, she went for a dark blue long dress, it revealed her curves, she sealed the look with black pamps. .
    With the POP on her arm, she drove to the office. There, she went straight to the accountant's office, before she could knock, he told her to come in.
    "Good afternoon madam, I'm so sorry for bringing you all the way here in your condition."
    "It's alright, this is my work place, I'm available any time I'm needed."
    "Thank you, how are you feeling though."
    "I'm very fine."
    "I called you here to clarify something."
    "Clarify something, you are scaring me now?"
    "It's nothing to get scared about, that's why you are here."
    "Please get to the point, I'm getting impatient."
    "I'm sure you are aware of the company's regulations?"
    "I'm very much aware."
    "Thank you, a lady claiming to be your sister by the name of Nchimunya came here this morning to see me, she asked me in kind to tell her how much we pay you, you know I'm not obligated to disclose such information."
    "Sir, you mean Nchimunya was here?"
    "Yes, actually she still is I asked her to wait for me as I get her the information she needed."
    "Jesus Christ!"
    "Do you know her, is she your sister as she claims."
    "Yes she is."
    "Why would she come here for such sensitive information?"
    "I don't know, sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused."
    "Its alright, talk to your sister, if you have family issues, they shouldn't be a part of us."
    "I'm sorry, please forgive us."
    "I hope this is the first and last time this is happening, next time it will cost you your job."
    "Its the first and last sir, I promise it won't happen again."
    Vanessa's bones were shaking, Mr Mwalula was not a friendly person, Nathan was the mini Lucifer but mr Mwalula was the main Lucifer, she was tumbling with fear. Mr Mwalula called his secretary and asked her to call Nchimunya to his office.
    Minutes later, Nchimunya walked in, as soon as she noticed Vanessa, she hauled an attitude.
    "Madam, please take a seat."
    "Thank you."
    "The lady next to you is your sister, isn't it?"
    "Yes I told you earlier on when I came."
    "Listen and listen very carefully, I don't take bribes especially from women, no matter how beautiful a woman can be, I'm not an easy soldier, I wanted your sister to be present as I say this, this is a work place, all of us are here for a specific reason and mind you we have a protocol which we follow."
    "What's that suppose to mean?"
    "Don't cut me short, I'm getting there."
    "I came here for a simple thing, why are you making it a big issue. I didn't come here to seduce you, my taste of men doesn't include men with bellies."
    "Nchimunya! For God's sake, behave yourself." Vanessa yelled.
    "Shut up, had you told me how much you get paid, we wouldn't be here." Nchimunya replied
    "Nchimunya, whatever you call yourself, please respect yourself. This is my office, I'm the authority."
    "I knew when I walked in that you have no sense."
    "Nchimunya, keep quiet, this is my boss you are talking to like this."
    "Vanessa, take your sister before I loose my cool."
    "Loose your cool if you want, it will help you shade off some weight, you are too fat and ugly at the same time."
    "Sir, please please forgive her, I'm sorry for what has happened."
    "Just leave my office."
    "I don't wish to stay here, I asked you a simple question which required a simple answer but why the fuss?"
    "We are leaving, Nchimunya let's go."
    Vanessa dragged Nchimunya out of mr Mwalula's office.
    "What was that?"
    "You didn't want to tell me how much you get, you were there when Nathan gave me permission to come whenever I wanted to."
    "If you love me, if at all you have some little love for me, I beg you on our parent's graves, stay away from anything that has to do with my work."
    "You are stingy, that's it."
    "What? What have I ever done to you? Are you walking out on me, Nchimunya I am still talking to you."
    Nchimunya walked out on Vanessa, Vanessa went back to Mr Mwalula's to once again apologize for everything Nchimunya said.
    "I'm sorry sir."
    "Why are you kneeling down? Kindly get up."
    "I don't know how else to show you how sorry I am."
    "Stand up, I forgive you."
    "Thank you."
    "Is she your real sister or step sister."
    "My flesh and blood."
    "I doubt that, ask your parents, maybe one of you is adopted."
    "No we were both borned from the same parents."
    "Why the behavior? Trust me, she is a complete opposite of you."
    "I know."
    "One would not believe that you are siblings."
    "I have to go."
    "Thank you for coming, get well soon."
    On her way out, along the corridor she bumped into Nathan.
    "Vanessa, what are you doing here? I thought you are not working."
    "I came here for something, I'm going back home."
    "You look like you where crying?"
    "No I wasn't, I slipped in the shower and hurt myself."
    "Those are teary eyes, you were crying."
    "I'm alright sir, I have to get home."
    "Have you gotten my message?"
    "What message?"
    "Check your phone."
    Vanessa checked the message on her phone and it read; thank you for saving my neck, I owe you big time, lunch is on me and don't say no.
    "And?"
    "What?"
    "Lunch with me? Say something."
    "I don't know, I will tell you later."
    "Vanessa, it's lunch time already, where are you rushing to?"
    "Home."
    "Is it anything I said?"
    "No sir, its nothing to do with you."
    "What is it?"
    "I'm fine, thanks for worrying."
    "So this lunch will be moved to dinner right?"
    "Okay."
    "See you."
    "By the way, I haven't seen Michello, have you talked to her today?"
    "She was by my place, she came by last evening and got sick."
    "Sick? What's happening to you two? Has she been to the hospital?"
    "No, it's a woman thing."
    "Stomach cramps?"
    "Yeah something of sort."
    "I understand."
    Nathan followed Vanessa to the car park, Vanessa was walking faster then her legs could carry, she didn't see the supervisor drive in, he missed her by an inch. . Thanks to Nathan who came in time to grab her. Nathan was still holding on to Vanessa and their eyes met. . . Vanessa pulled away from Nathan's arms. Mr Ibrahim rushed to Vanessa.
    "Vanessa, are you okay?" Mr Ibrahim asked.
    "I'm alright," replied Vanessa.
    "Vanessa, you are not okay, I will ask Oliver the company's driver to take you home." Suggested Nathan
    "No need for that, I came by myself."
    "Stop being stubborn."
    "I'm not being stubborn."
    "Ibrahim almost hit you, what would have happened if I was not around."
    "I'm fine, stop worrying, its none of your business."
    "Did you say its none of my business? If anything happened to you in these premises, whose gonna be in trouble. Stop being difficult, it doesnt suit you."
    "How do stubborn people look like?"
    "Listen, you are beautiful, what I mean is that attitude is not a part of you, stop making yourself what you are not."
    Nathan got in the driver's seat of Vanessa's car, he drove Vanessa home, there was silence in the car, the two were not talking to each other, when they got to Vanessa's house, Nathan got out of the car, he wished Vanessa a great day and left, Vanessa followed him outside.
    "Excuse me sir, how will you move back to the office?"
    "Do not worry about me, I will catch a cab."
    "Use my car then."
    "I said don't worry, that's going to be challenge with my car at the office, I wanted to make sure you are home, safe and sound."
    "Thank you for caring."
    "I should get get going."
    Vanessa felt bad for the way she treated Nathan, he was only being nice to her, he even saved her life. The least she could do was appreciate his effort.
    Michello was not in the house, she came in an hour later.
    "She is back."
    "Where did you go, I left you sleeping."
    "Woman, I saw your note, what is it they wanted you for?"
    "Mr Mwalula wanted to see me."
    "For what?"
    "Its nothing babe."
    "Ohhh you faking it, quit the act, what's wrong?"
    "Nchimunya went to his office to inquire about my salary, things got complicated when I got there, they exchanged a few words."
    "That's sad."
    "Very sad I tell you."
    "Did anyone ask about me at the office?"
    "Nathan asked."
    "What did you say?"
    "You are picking up red roses."
    "Butah of all things to lie about in this world, that's all you could think of, you told Nathan that I'm having my period? But why?"
    "Hey, its not like I said you killed someone, its the first thing that crossed my mind."
    "Poor me, every time Nathan looks at me, he will see Victoria Falls written all over my body."
    "Forget, its not like that."
    "Where is Nchimunya?"
    "She walked out on me."
    "What did she tell mr Mwalula?"
    "She attacked him on his weight."
    "Thank God someone did it on my behalf, I hate that guy, he is full of himself, every guy from our work place think they walk on air."
    "You are too much, you and Nchimunya deserve each other."
    "He needed a slap back to reality."
    "I would have lost my job."
    "Nonetheless you missed out?"
    "What's up?"
    "My man came to see me."
    "Which man, mr Anonymous?"
    "Yes mr Anonymous."
    "What did he want? Another rematch? I bet you gave him a good one."
    "Foolish, he came to take me for lunch."
    "Mmmmmmmmmnnn, love is in the air."
    "He is nice, I can't get enough of him."
    "When are we dancing?"
    "Take a chill pill, we are taking things on a slow pace."
    "Are you guys official?"
    "Yes we are."
    "Wowwww, come here, I'm happy for you."
    "Don't I know it."
    "I have a date with a mr Private Number."
    "You? A date? You are kidding right?"
    "Do I look like I'm kidding."
    "You are serious?"
    "Yes."
    "Who is he?"
    "He is a Private Number, we are just friends."
    "Why do you hate dating?"
    "I don't, I just haven't found that special someone."
    "Kulibe perfector."
    "Mine is somewhere out there waiting for me."
    "He is probably whoring whilst you are being holy for him, if I may ask you, when did you last attempt the fruit of life?"
    "What's that?"
    "Sex, how naive are you?"
    "Ohhh that, I think 6 years ago."
    "Jesu!!!! You are a virgin?"
    "Stop it."
    "How many guys have you jagged before?"
    "I have told you before, have you forgotten?"
    "You have told me about two."
    "Yes."
    "Who took the world cup trophy?"
    "Meaning?"
    "Who popped your cherry?"
    "Go to hell, I'm hungry."
    Vanessa had never opened up about Chellah to Michello, she thought it was better to let sleeping dogs lie. In an African society, a woman who looses a man is looked down on. She didn't want her friend to think bad of her.
    Michello went back home, Vanessa remained making herself beautiful. Around 17, Nathan came to pick her. They drove to some expensive restaurant, they had dinner sharing some moments when suddenly Vanessa had a mental break down and collapsed.
    Sorry for starving you.
    Much Love, goodnight.

    Part Nine

    Nathan stood from his chair to Vanessa's, he held her in his arms, "Vanessa, Vanessa." People rushed to help, Vanessa was still breathing but unconscious.
    There was a doctor among the people at the cafe, he told everyone to move away as he tried to perform simple CPR on Vanessa. Within minutes Vanessa gained consciousness.
    "Where is he?" She asked.
    "Where is who?"
    "I saw him at the cashier's table."
    "Who did you see?"
    "I saw him, many years may have passed but I still remember him."
    "Vanessa, what's wrong? There is no one."
    "I swear I saw him just here, I can't be imagining things."
    "You are hallucinating, please sit down, I will take you to the hospital."
    Vanessa walked to the cashier, she asked her about a man wearing a slim fit dark purple suit. She said she attended to so many people and could not remember him.
    "He was here just now."
    "I don't look at what customers are wearing or what they look like."
    "Please try to remember."
    "I'm sorry."
    Vanessa walked to the guard asking him the same question, he however recalled seeing an old man wearing the clothes matching Vanessa's description.
    "Hey, let me take you to the doctor, its probably stress."
    "Nathan, I'm not sick."
    "You didnt sleep last night."
    "Its not that."
    "I know everyone thinks I am crazy but my gut tells a different story."
    "What is it, you are not telling me anything, this has me worried."
    "I really saw him, its him I saw."
    "Can I take you home?"
    "No, let's continue with our dinner, nothing will ruin our dinner."
    "Are you sure?"
    "100%."
    "If you say so, please don't scare me again."
    "I'm sorry."
    "Its fine."
    Vanessa apologized to everyone present, they were all cool but insisted she sees a doctor. . After eating, Nathan drove Vanessa to the hospital for a check up, they assumed it must have been stress because of her condition. On their way back, Vanessa suggested to buy a 6pac of red bull, they stopped at a supermarket. Nathan bought a six pack of red bull, a bottle of vodka and another 6 pac of hunters dry. . Vanessa wanted to chill at KEG before going home, they made another stop at East park mall. Vanessa ordered some cocktails, she drunk like a fish. At 23 they went to Chicago's. Vanessa continued her drinking spree, Nathan knew there was something wrong. . He let her drink her problems out, Vanessa got tipsy. Nathan had to lift her to his car, she was waving at every passer by.
    In the car, she wanted to throw up, Nathan drove to his house since it was nearer, he took Vanessa in the bathroom, he held her until she stopped throwing up, he washed her face, she could hardly stand on her own. He had to lift her around the house. . He put her on the couch as he went to the kitchen to make coffee. When he returned back with the cup of coffee, Vanessa was nowhere to be seen. He looked around the house and found her in the bathroom throwing up. She had messed up her clothes. . Nathan told her to take a shower, he left her in the bathroom. . He proceeded to watch a recorded game of Manchester United. . Ladies take long in the bathroom but Vanessa took forever. Nathan went to the bathroom, the water was still running, he called after Vanessa, there was no response. He found Vanessa fast asleep in her clothes with the water running down on her, he closed the tap, he woke her up. Thankfully she woke up, he brought her a shirt and short to wear. .
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    .
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    After some minutes she called him.
    Nathan walked in the bathroom not knowing Vanessa was just in a shirt.
    As soon as he entered, he noticed she was in a shirt and quickly he got out and slammed the door.
    "I'm sorry, I haven't seen anything."
    "Why did you come in without knocking?"
    "You called me."
    "this short is not fitting."
    "What should I do?"
    "Bring me another one."
    "They are of the same size, if you can't fit in that one then you can't fit in the rest."
    "Don't you have a chitenge wrapper?".
    "What will I be doing with it, I'm a man."
    "Perhaps your girlfriend left one, let's do this, give me anything your woman left. I will settle for it."
    "I do not bring women to my house."
    "And what am I? A male Kangaroo?"
    "You are lucky to have found yourself here, its because of the state you are in."
    "What state."
    "Your current state."
    "My name is not state."
    "Okay. .  . okay."
    "Do you have a pair of those loose pajamas?"
    "Yes I do."
    "What color?"
    "Grey and black."
    "Only those two colors?"
    "Yes mam."
    "But none of those colors is my favorite."
    "So what do we do?"
    "I will go for black."
    Nathan brought the black pajamas, he slightly opened the door and threw them in. . Vanessa changed into the pajamas, thank goodness, they fit her.
    The water must have done her wonders, she requested he take her home but first she needed some alochol in her system.
    "Do you have any alochol in the fridge?"
    "Vanessa, you have had too much to drink, please slow down on the alochol."
    "Alochol is everything, you are not my parent to tell me what to do."
    "I'm a concerned friend, this is not you."
    "Who am I then?"
    "Listen to me, you are a lady."
    "Where is it written that beer is for men only?"
    "What has happened to you?"
    "Nothing has happened, I'm simply living my life to the fullest."
    "I wish you could open up and talk to me, this whole behavior of yours is disturbing me."
    "Ohhh I am disturbing you?"
    "No, no. . .    not that, it hurts me to see you like this."
    "You? Hurt? Haha hahaha ain't you happy I'm like this."
    "No I'm not, I know we have had our own rough patches but you will never understand why."
    "Where is my beer? If you don't give me a bottle of hunters, I'm going back to Chicago's."
    "To do what?"
    "To finish up my night."
    "You are mad."
    "No I'm not, I was enjoying my fame, didn't you see how those guys were staring at me?"
    "I did."
    "You did? Take me back."
    "And then?"
    "Stop asking so many questions, those guys must be missing me."
    "No one is missing you."
    "They do."
    "Those guys were staring at you for one reason."
    "Which is?"
    "They just want to get in your pants."
    "Liar, how will they even see my pants when I'm dressed up."
    "You are too drunk to get my point."
    "Give me my bottle or I drive myself to the pub."
    "Jezzz, you are too difficult."
    "Are you tired of me?"
    "I'm not, I'm actually enjoying your company, you are making my night."
    "What time is it?"
    "Its 2."
    "2 am or 2 pm?"
    "What do you think?"
    "I cannot go home this time, my neighbors will see me much less my baby girl Mutinta, I will be a disgrace to her."
    "How will your neighbors see you this time, its late, they must be sleeping."
    "You say its late, they will peep to see me."
    "Kikikikikikikiki alochol is bad for you, please quit."
    "Put some music, I want to dance."
    "Okay I'm coming."
    "Put some volume."
    "I cannot put too much volume, I will disturb my neighbors."
    "Ohhhhh your neighbors are sleeping, shiiiiii stop talking, we are disturbing them."
    "I have put music for you."
    Vanessa reached for the whiskey in the fridge, she had four shots of black label, a bottle of Savannah. She stood on the couch and started preaching, she jumped from one couch to another. At some point she missed a step and hit herself on the floor. Nathan rushed to her aid, she sustained a bruise on the fore head. Nathan cleaned it, he put spirit on it.
    "Outch! I didn't ask you to kill me."
    "Its just a little drop of spirit I put there."
    "You want me to get drunk, spirit is not good, it will go to my brain."
    "Says doctor Vanessa."
    "I like that, from now on, address me as doctor  Vanessa."
    "You have made my night with your escapees."
    "You are welcome."
    "Will you remember everything you are saying and doing tonight?"
    "Why not, off course I will, ask me anything in the morning and I will tell you."
    "I hope so."
    I want my last bottle of Savannah."
    "The hang over you will have, will be one of a kind, mixing vodka, siders, whiskey and cocktails."
    "I will be alright."
    "I'm all here waiting to witness."
    Where is my phone?"
    "You must have left it in the car."
    "I need to use it, kindly bring it for me."
    "At your services madam."
    "I love the fact that you respect me, what's your name again?"
    "Nathan, mam."
    "Ohhh Nathan why do you look like Chellah?"
    "Who is Chellah?"
    "Never mind, go get my phone."
    "Okay, do you need anything else."
    "No, I'm alright, thank you for asking. You are a nice gentleman, I will promote you from being my garden boy to my cook, do you know how to cook?"
    "Yes I do."
    "Good boy, from now on, you have been moved from the garden to the kitchen, please keep my kitchen clean."
    "I will, thank you, can I get your phone?"
    "Please do, run along."
    "As you wish."
    Vanessa's behavior reminded Nathan of someone he had been trying to forget, a woman he once cherished dearly. .   He got to the car, Vanessa's phone was not there, he panicked and dialed the number, it rang from the house. He went back in the house looking for it, he found it on the floor in the bathroom. When he passed through the TV room, he had not noticed Vanessa sleeping.

    Thank goodness she has fallen asleep, she was talking too much, where will I put her, I cannot drive her to her home like this. He tried to lift Vanessa but she was too heavy. You will have to pay me for lifting you, with all these curves, I will run out of energy. You look beautiful when sleeping, your eyes are big and beautiful too, I wonder why you would want to drink yourself to death. . I know many at times I have been rude to you, I know I do you wrong but how will I make you understand. One of your kind did this to me, since then I have never been the same but you, you seem different. Despite the harsh treatment I give you, you would still smile at me, please forgive me, I promise to be a better person. . Thank you for saving my neck, I would have gone in that meeting data less but you saved me, are you related to my guardian angel? I never imagined you sleeping on my bed, I hope you don't kill me when you wake up. Hehehehe why am I talking to you when you are half dead, its like I'm talking to myself. .
    Nathan made sure Vanessa slept comfortably, he went to the TV room, he slept on the couch, funny though, he missed Vanessa's noise making. . . He fell asleep while watching TV.

    Vanessa was used to waking up next to her phone, she woke up and placed her hand on the head board, to her shock there was no phone, everything felt different. She opened her eyes, boom she was neither in her room nor Mutinta's room, it didnt look anything like Michello's room either. She looked around, she couldn't recognize a thing . "Where am I and how did I get here?" Her phone was on the table, she went through it, the last number on the caller's list was Nathan's, she dialed it. . Nathan noticed an incoming call from Vanessa, he assumed she woke up, he went to the bedroom and knocked, Vanessa was calling and she could hear Nathan's phone ring on the other side of the door.
    "Vanessa, cut the call, may I come in."
    "Before you come in, where are we?"
    "You are in my house."
    "How did I get here?"
    "You dont remember anything?"
    "No, I don't."
    "Are you sure?"
    "Why will I be asking."
    "Well, can I come in and explain myself."
    "Okay, come in."
    Nathan walked in, he was shirtless and in a short. . Vanessa screamed on top of her voice so did Nathan.
    "What's with you, why are you screaming?"
    "Why are you naked?"
    "I'm not naked, I don't sleep with a shirt on."
    "What am I doing in these pajamas?"
    "You had a wild drinking spree last night, you threw up on your clothes, I asked you to shower and change into those pajamas."
    "How did I get this cut on my fore head?"
    "You were jumping on the couch and fell down."
    "What did I drink? My head is burning plus I cannot recall anything that happened last night."
    "You drunk everything you could lay your hands on."
    "Why didn't you stop me?"
    "I tried but you wouldn't listen."
    "Nothing sinister happened between us, I mean we didddd.........d  .. not do anything silly."
    "Ohhh that, trust me I will never take advantage of a drunk woman, not only that I cannot sleep with someone I'm not in a relationship with, I don't mix business with pleasure, you and I are work mates, it ends there, if you want check yourself, I didn't touch you."
    "Thank you and sorry for the trouble and embarrassment I may have put you through."
    "It's fine."
    "Where are my clothes?"
    "In the visitor's bathroom."
    "Where is it?"
    "This way."
    Nathan led Vanessa to the bathroom, Vanessa's clothes were messed up. She carried them, she put them in a paper bag.
    Nathan dropped Vanessa off at her place.
    "You can come for your pajamas later."
    "No it's fine, keep them."
    "I'm sorry for everything."
    "Me too."
    "Good day."
    "Take care, reduce on the alochol, what happened last night should not repeat itself."
    "Well! Well! What do we have here, the lost sheep has finally found her way back."
    "I'm not in the mood, if you have nothing good to say, leave my house."

    Part Ten

    "Where did you sleep?"
    "Its none of your business."
    "Are those men's pajamas?"
    "Do they look they Obama's pajamas?"
    "Wow, the attitude; this is a new you."
    "If you have nothing good to say, the gate is right there "
    "Wooowooowooo tiger! What has gotten into you."
    "Ohhh you are shocked huh! No you are not."
    "What happened to you?"
    "Nothing happened, this is me and this is what I should have been all along."
    "I dislike this new you."
    "Find your way out, did I invite you?"
    "What's with you? You are chasing me out of your house?"
    "Surprise! Surprise! How do you like the taste of your own medicine? How many times have you had to throw me out of your house?"
    "This one is a surprise I never saw coming."
    "You have seen none."
    "Who gave you the wings to fly."
    "I have always had the wings, I just didn't know how to use them but thanks to you and your two witches or should I say aunties? Anyways I owe this new me to you because you taught me how to use my wings and I can gladly say I'm flying."
    "Quit with this act, it doesn't suit you."
    "What are you here for?"
    "I'm here for the money."
    "What money? I don't remember owing you money, please remind me."
    "The money for contributions."
    "Money for contributions you say?"
    "Yes."
    "Remind me again, what contributions? Who has died? What are we contributing to?"
    "You know what, stop playing dumb. You know very well that you have to Pay Kr12000 towards my marriage preparations."
    "I see, is that one still valid? I thought your groom is taking care of everything, which puts my money out of the budget."
    "A Deal is a deal, you promised to pay that money so you will give me whether you like or not."
    "Really? How will you get that money from me? Send thugs, use juju on or what? As far as I know that money is not coming from me. Thanks to your rich fiance, whats his name again? Jason right?"
    "Yes."
    "Ohhh yeah, thanks to him, my money will be used for other things."
    "Look, I'm being serious."
    "I'm more than serious."
    "What do I do? I have made plans for that money."
    "I don't know, how am I suppose to guess."
    "Its you who is suppose to give me the money."
    "Ask from your rich groom, God has blessed you with a rich man."
    "Is this a joke?"
    "Do I sound like I'm at a comedy show?"
    "You are getting on my nerves."
    "So are you?"
    "I doubt you are my sister."
    "You too think that way? That makes the two of us."
    "Let me call aunt Sophia."
    "Go ahead and call her, what will she do? Is she the one keeping my money? Infact call the world bank if you want."
    "Wait till I tell everyone about your behavior."
    " I hope you where recording, they need concrete evidence."
    "Its a man right?"
    "What makes you think a man can change me?"
    "What else would change a woman?"
    "Sorry to disappoint you but a man is not any of this, I'm simply doing what I should have done a long time ago."
    "Which is?"
    "This, right in front of you."
    "Hehehe wonders shall never end."
    "They can never end with people around the planet."
    "I like this new you, too courageous and pompous."
    "Thank you, I will take that as a compliment."
    "I'm leaving, I hope the next time I will be here, you would have changed that attitude."
    "Be prepared for anything, you might find something worser than this."
    "Then you will need deliverance."
    "After you, aunt Sophia and aunt Mary have been delivered."
    "I'm so out of here."
    "Goodbye, see you around."
    Nchimunya was shocked at Vanessa's sudden change, whatever must have happened to her to invoke such behavior was something beyond imagination. . . Nchimunya walked to the gate hoping Vanessa would call her back but it didn't happen, instead Vanessa went inside the house and slammed the door.
    "Ba sis, where are you coming from? I was worried."
    "Sorry, I went out with friends, we stayed up late."
    "I see, you would have at least given me a call."
    "Sorry, I was carried away."
    "I missed you, please give me a hug."
    "I missed you too, come here."
    "Promise you won't get mad."
    "What's up!"
    "Since you didn't come back, I was worried and called aunt Jenny."
    "You did what? Hope you didn't call Nchimunya."
    "Nah I didn't, she was here just now, I told her you went jogging."
    "Thank you, I met her outside."
    "I thought something happened to you, its not like you to stay up late without calling or texting."
    "It's fine, I will call aunt to tell her I have been found."
    "Hahahaha that's funny, please call her, she should be panicking right as we speak."
    "Okay."
    Vanessa was about to go freshen up when the door bell rang, she rushed to pick it, "you see, there comes aunt Jenny, I'm so in trouble."
    "Hey."
    "Hi."
    "Here you go, you left your phone in the car, there are missed calls from your queen mother and Michello."
    "Thank you."
    "One more thing, I want to apologize for being rude to you."
    "Nothing to apologize for, its all my fault. I should be the one saying sorry, you are making me feel bad."
    "Its alright."
    "You think so."
    "Yeah, are you coming for work on monday?"
    "I should be reporting on monday."
    "I guess Michello will be thrilled."
    "Yeah, I know."
    "I have to get going."
    "See you around."
    Vanessa 's phone vibrated, she picked up, it was aunt Jenny asking fuming with anger asking where Vanessa was.  . She explained to her that she had been out with friends.
    After the call, she freshened up, she went to have her beauty bath..
      
    Vanessa's mind was filled up with so many things, especially the man she saw at the cafe. She wondered if all along she had been living a lie. . How could people resemble each other in such a way. Thinking about it, it didn't make sense, the dead man she identified as her fiancé, she saw his dead body with her two naked eyes, she saw his casket being lay down but how can he be alive? If he was alive, why hasn't he come looking for her? Could it be that Chellah played a prank on Vanessa or that he didn't die and rather he lost his memory? Maybe he faked death to avoid marriage? At the same time, why he do that, involving his family, friends and his company. . .
    No . .No. . . No this can't be true, I have been living a lie for the past eight years. Thinking about it, Vanessa felt betrayed, she tried holding back tears, she wasn't too strong to hold them. She broke down and cried. . This whole thing was eating her up, she decided to do one thing to clear the doubts. . There was only one way to find out.
    She called Mutinta to her room.
    "Something came up, I'm going to Copperbelt, I will be back after two days or so."
    "Ba sis what is you going to do there?"
    "I am hoping for a promotion at work, you know I have to earn it and as of that, I am working hard to gain the board's confidence in me. There is a workshop in Copperbelt, there are certain things that need to be done, I was told they asked anyone to volunteer but no one would, this is my only chance."
    "You know I am never against anything that has to do with work, that's the reason we live a luxurious life, about you going to Copperbelt, I'm cool with it provided you find someone to stay with me."
    "I spoke to Nelson and Peggy, they will be here while am away."
    "That's it, you are allowed to go."
    Help me pack a few things."
    "Which bag are you using."
    "The one with a white strip."
    "Okay."
    Vanessa had made the call to Peggy and Nelson. They agreed to stay with Mutinta for a few days. Vanessa didn't waste any of her time. Mutinta drove Vanessa to inter city bus station. She was lucky to have find the last remaining seat at Muzhyandu, just after getting the ticket, the bus started off. Vanessa wondered if she was doing the right thing. She needed to find out the truth, she thought of what she would do to Chellah if he was alive and faked his own death.
    With the burning hang over and disturbing thoughts. Vanessa fell asleep, she woke up somewhere along Kitwe. . She was surprised they traveled that much. The woman who sat next to her said she got worried and was about to tell the driver.
    "You slept for too long, are you okay?"
    "Yes, thank you."
    "Where are you going?"
    "I am going to chililabombwe."
    "What a coincidence, that's my destination."
    "Really?"
    "Yes."
    "We won't be bored."
    "What's in chililabombwe?"
    "Going to job hunt, I hear KCM may have openings."
    "Ohhh KCM, that place is spooky."
    "Spooky? How do you mean?"
    "There are rumors that some engineer who died years ago in a mine accident was seen at the KCM main shaft."
    "You lie."
    "That's the shock of the town, those that knew the man said they saw him, it was him and that they couldn't be wrong."
    "Wonders shall never end."
    "You know, I am failing to believe the story, if at all he was a ghost. Why would he go to the general offices and why has KCM kept quiet about it, maybe he is just his look alike. People should let this young man be."
    "It surely doesn't make sense."
    "I hear he was engaged to be married and died days before his wedding."
    "Ohhh shame."
    "Imagine how his fiancee will feel if such news gets to her."
    "It would be a bitter pill to swallow."
    "Exactly."
    The woman had just confirmed something to Vanessa, if the rumors were true then Chellah was alive and well.. . How was she going to face him, after all these years. She cried and mourned for nothing. How could Chellah do this to her.
    By 19, they were in Chililabombwe. . . Vanessa dropped off at first class. She booked a cab to Dopchim Lodge where she spent a night. . . The next morning she went to Kakoso cementry where Chellah was buried. . . She went to his grave, It had a tombstone on it which looked like it was put a month ago. There was a picture of Chellah embaded on the tombstone. . Vanessa held the tombstone with tears rolling down her face. . . . . She was sobbing when she heard a familiar voice speak.
    "Vanessa, what are you doing here?" When she turned to look, she was in shock.
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    People of God, my phone was tripping so I took it for repair only for them to fomat it, I have lost everything including documents where I save my stories. Right now I don't know what to do. I have to start writing from square one, I almost gave up. For those following my other story #In_Love_With_My_Maid, please exercise a bit of patience. It will be back to your screens soon.

    Part Eleven

    "Hello Lucy."
    "Hey, long time."
    "What are you doing here?"
    "I came to lay flowers on Chellah's grave."
    "You miss him huh, he is in a better place."
    "He is."
    "What have you come to do?"
    "My grandmother passed on, we buried today."
    "My condolences."
    "Thank you, I saw you from a distance."
    "You haven't changed a bit."
    "You too."
    "How is Cox, bet you guys are married now."
    "Married? He is married to some lady."
    "Give me a slap of reality, I thought you guys were soul mates."
    "Soul what? Abeg give me a break."
    "So where is he?"
    "He is around."
    "He is still with KCM."
    "Yes, he is the overall boss."
    "Wow, he is enjoying the good life."
    "I have to run along, get my line and call me later, we have some catch up to do."
    The two ladies exchanged digits, Lucy was the girlfriend to Cox, Chellah's best friend. Vanessa was happy to bump into an old friend. She was eager to ask Lucy the rumors of a possible Chellah look alike but she held back..
    Vanessa went back to the lodge, thinking about the drama unfolding in her life, she fell asleep. . She had the same dream of Chellah begging her to take care of his child. . Vanessa woke up panting, she wondered why she kept having the same dream. . Was Chellah trying to tell her something patterning to his child. . .She was talking to herself when her phone rang. It was Michello calling.
    "Butah, where are you?"
    "I'm in Chibombo."
    "Doing what? What's in Chibombo?"
    "Visiting some relative."
    "Why didn't you tell me you are traveling?"
    "Sorry boo, please forgive me."
    "I cannot forgive you, you are cheating on our friendship."
    "I said sorry."
    "Sorry with your drunk ancestors."
    "Go spend some time with your boo, isn't he my replacement?"
    "He is not around, he traveled, I'm so lonely."
    "I can imagine."
    "When are you back?"
    "Tomorrow afternoon."
    "Why?"
    "Come on, I haven't seen these people in a long time."
    "Stay for all I care, I can always make new friends."
    "Hmmmmmmm, are you throwing tantrums?"
    "Bye, we are done."
    "Okay, all the best in your search of a new best friend."
    No matter how close you can be with someone, there are just things that are hidden in the closet. . Vanessa had a new life, her past was not part of it. . Many at times she tried to break her past predicaments to Michello but her inner gut was against it. . After the call, Vanessa thought about the dream. . She knew there was something to it. She called Lucy, they agreed to link up in town.
    Around 1pm, they met in town.
    "Sorry to bother you but do you remember the woman who claimed to be pregnant for Chellah?"
    "Yes I do, what's up?"
    "I need to meet up with her."
    "Why if I may ask?"
    "I need to see her, I have some questions that need answers."
    "Mama, that will open up closed wounds."
    "I have to do this now or never, I never got to hear her side of the story."
    "Listen, what you don't know doesn't kill you."
    "This has killed me, I need to know. If you know where she stays, let's not waste time but rather head there."
    "You are bringing this upon yourself."
    "I'm stronger than this."
    "Are you sure?"
    "Very much."
    "Apparently I do not have her address, we will have to ask Cox."
    "Call him and ask."
    "We don't talk anymore."
    "Do you have his number."
    "No I don't."
    "Wena, get serious."
    "Let me find out from a friend of his."
    Lucy sent a message to Bwalya, a friend to Cox, within a few minutes he texted back. . Vanessa dialed the number, a calm Cox picked up.
    "Hello."
    "Good afternoon, is this Cox."
    "Yes this is him, who is asking?"
    "This is Vanessa, your late friend's fiance."
    "OMG!!!!! Vanessa! It's really you?"
    "Just me."
    "Where have you been?"
    "I have been around."
    "Its been years."
    "Its been a century."
    "You thought of me today, what happened? To what do I owe this call?"
    "I am trying to locate Chellah's child."
    "Why is that? Let sleeping dogs lie."
    "Its been eating me up, I need to find out the truth."
    "If you say so."
    "The last known location is Chitimukulu Road, Mine Township."
    Thank you very much."
    "When do you intend to visit Chililabombwe?"
    "I got here yesterday."
    What! you are in my town? when are you going back?"
    "Tomorrow."
    "Let's link up later on, right now I'm at work."
    "Call me."
    "I will call you, have you communicated with Lucy?."
    "No, I haven't."
    "Call her, she will be thrilled to hear from you."
    "Text me the number or better yet call her and tell her I am around."
    "I will text you, I messed up real bad, we dont talk, she hates me and I do not blame her."
    "Shame! What went wrong, thought you guys were married by now."
    "Shit happens, we are no longer together, now that you are here. Please talk her to meet me. I have to talk to her, she has to hear me out."
    "I will try."
    "Please do."
    "Hail Mary!!!! You can pretend."
    "Shut up, he didn't have to know that we are together."
    "I see, what next?"
    "Do you know where Chitimukulu road is?"
    "Yes."
    "Let's drive there."
    Lucy drove Vanessa to mine area, after searching for the address Cox gave them, they finally got to the house. Lack wasn't on their side... They found new tenants who had no idea of the whereabouts of the person they were looking for, they asked the neighbors. One neighbor in particular had little information. .
    "The young lady you are looking for died a few years ago, she left behind a son, her grandfather who was the only surviving relative died two years ago."
    "Do you know where the son she left is?"
    "No, I don't, I hear some lady claiming to be a cousin took the child."
    "Do you know who she is?"
    "No, why are you looking for him, are you related to his father?"
    "We are friends of the father to the boy."
    "Where have you been? That child suffered a lot, he was once a street kid until the mysterious lady came to his rescue."
    "We are sorry."
    "God will punish you, the spirit of that man will never rest, his child has been through a lot."
    Hearing what the woman said, it broke Vanessa's heart. . It explains why Chellah kept appearing in her dreams. . He was trying to communicate with Vanessa. Even though Vanessa was hurt by what Chellah did, the innocent child didn't deserve to go through hell. Vanessa regretted not coming earlier to look for the child.
    It was a dead end, no one would lead them to the child. Everyone was clueless about the woman who took the boy in. . They moved up and down trying to find anything that could
     help them, they came up with nothing. The lady together with the boy disappeared in thin air.. Its like they were blown away by the wind.
    At 7pm, Lucy drove Vanessa to the lodge to freshen up, she picked her later for a few drinks, they drove to bowling club, later they stopped at Martinez Liquor, Cox joined them. Lucy wanted to leave but Vanessa pleaded with her. .
    "Please stay, he says he wants to talk to you, hear what he has to say, don't be like me."
    "You do realize he was the love of my life, he broke my heart into a thousand pieces."
    "I know and I feel your pain, I'm living in regrets. Chellah left a chain of questions, I rushed to conclusions. His child is no where to be found, who knows what the lady who got him did to him? Anything is possible."
    "Its a different case, Cox hurt me a lot, he called off my marriage for some meatless whore."
    "Hear him out, he wants to talk to you."
    "I will talk to him, just because you say so."
    Vanessa convinced Lucy to meet up with Cox, Lucy joined Cox in his car, they drove to the park. . Vanessa was left behind with Chilufya, Lucy's cousin sipping on some wine.
    At mid night, Vanessa walked to the counter, she bumped into someone, she said sorry and continued to get liquor. Whatever the alochol was doing to her, she started seeing Chellah, he was walking towards her. . She shouted ghost before falling to the ground. . She woke up in the morning confined to a hospital bed with Lucy laying next her.
    "What happened to me?"
    "You collapsed?"
    "I did, how?"
    "It must be because of the excess intake of alcohol."
    "You are right, so did you guys talk?"
    "We did, he was apologizing for whatever, saying he misses me and he is sorry for breaking my heart."
    "Awwwwww love birds."
    "Keep quiet."
    "You are."
    "Thank you for your help, he is no longer with the lady he married. They were cohabiting and I am told he chased her."
    "Say what? Hope he doesn't have a kid with her."
    "No he doesn't, she had abortions whenever she got pregnant."
    "Esssssshi some woman are evil, why killing her own off springs."
    "I was wondering."
    "Its good he dumped her, whats the way forward?"
    "He asked for a last chance, he wants to work things out."
    "That's so sweet."
    "What's so sweet, look at my face, I am done with that man. I want nothing to do with him."
    "But you still love him."
    "No I don't."
    "I can see it in your eyes, I am sure your heart says the same."
    "It was in the past."
    "He did you wrong, he is sorry for everything and he wants you back, please fight for this love."
    "Look whose is talking, give me a break."
    "Listen to me, experience is the best teacher."
    "Yeah, it is."
    "Does that mean you will get back together?"
    "I do not know, I will try."
    "Please do."
    "Its not that easy, building trust will be difficult."
    "Free yourself, let things work on their own."
    "Thank you."
    Cox walked in as the ladies were talking, they kept quite addressing their eyes at him.
    "Sorry to interrupt your catching up."
    "No its fine, thank you for everything." Replied Vanessa
    "Chellah was my best friend, even in death, he still is."
    "I will be going back today."
    "The doctor will be here to discharge you."
    Lucy excused herself to make a call, Cox whispered to Vanessa.
    "Did you talk to her?"
    "Yes I did."
    "what did she say?"
    "You have to be patient with her, this is a process. She has to heal from the past."
    "I know Vine, it will take time and I'm willing to wait, I do not know what got in me, I love her with all my heart."
    "I understand."
    "There she comes, keep quiet."
    "Please help me locate Chellah's child, I need to find him."
    "I too have been looking for him but nothing, let's not loose hope, we will find him."
    "Keep me posted whenever something comes up."
    "I will."
    "Thank you."
    From the hospital, they drove to the lodge, Vanessa had a quick shower.
    She checked out of the lodge at 11am. Thereafter Cox together with Lucy and Vanessa drove to Kitwe.. They dropped Vanessa in town, said their goodbyes and parted ways. Vanessa visited an uncle in Nkana East, the family was happy to see her.
    The following morning, she got on the first bus to Lusaka, it was a Tuesday and she hadn't reported for work. Nathan sent numerous messages, Vanessa ignored all the messages. He called, she cut his call and switched off her phone.
    She slept all the way to Lusaka, she woke up to ease herself in Kabwe.
    By 4pm, she was in Lusaka, Mutinta came to pick her up.
    Mutinta dropped Vanessa home, she drove to the supermarket. As Vanessa was getting in the house, she saw him. .
    "What are you doing here?"
    He replied by drawing closer to Vanessa and kissed her. He lifted her, pushed the door inside and continued kissing her, he lay her on the couch with his lips locked to hers when someone entered the room and boom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ghost readers you still haven't redeemed yourself. . I will silently delete and ban you without you realizing it. . Mwachilamo, just a simple like or comment is hard sure....

    Part Twelve

    Jason was kissing Vanessa when Nchimunya walked in, Jason continued kissing Vanessa even with Nchimunya watching, Vanessa tried to push Jason but Jason resisted. Nchimunya walked out crying, she came back with a pan brick and hit Jason with it. Vanessa tried to run but Nchimunya caught up with her and stabbed her with a knife.
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    Vanessa snapped from the dream, of all dreams that there is, she had to dream of Jason kissing her and why?
    She looked outside, they were approaching 10 miles, the road was congested, too much traffic, vehicles were moving at the pace of prisoners on the que of death row.
    She called Mutinta telling her to get to intercity bus station.
    They got in Lusaka by 17. Mutinta was by hungry lion opposite intercity bus terminals waiting for Vanessa. As soon as she saw her big sister, she ran to her and gave her a hug.
    "I missed you." Mutinta said clinging to Vanessa.
    "I missed you too pumpkin."
    "How was your trip?"
    "Tiresome, too much traffic along the road."
    "Can I help you with the bags?"
    "Why not."
    "How are you though?"
    "I am alright, I don't know about you?"
    "We are fine, I was worried about you, you never called to tell me how you traveled."
    "Sorry, forgive me I was tied up, you know how my job is. I was busy moving from one branch to another."
    "Your boss came home looking for you."
    "My boss? Which one?"
    "Mr Nathan."
    "He came home?"
    "Yes."
    "What did he want?"
    "You off course."
    "Ohhhhh me."
    "I was surprised too, didn't he know you went for a workshop?"
    "He knew, maybe he thought I was back."
    "I told him, you were still in Kitwe for work."
    "Ohhhhhh I see."
    "What's up sis!!! You look bothered!"
    "Me?"
    "Yes you!."
    "No ways, I'm just tired."
    "I can imagine, hope you brought something nice for me."
    "I did."
    Vanessa wasn't expecting Nathan to go to her house, knowing she lied to Mutinta about attending a workshop and Mutinta unknowingly spilling the beans to Nathan. Vanessa's lies were firing back at her, what was she going to tell Nathan, she missed a day at work, she didn't call in to explain why.  She sensed danger, Vanessa wished she told Mutinta the truth. Now, it was too late to make things right. All the way home, Vanessa was quiet. She never spoke a word, this had Mutinta wondering why her sister wasn't herself, it could be that she got tired from the trip, the Lusaka/Copperbelt journey is very tiring.
    A call from Michello came through.
    "Hey Butah."
    "Do not Butah me."
    "What's up!"
    "If you are not in Lusaka, don't ever call me."
    "You are dumping me?"
    "Why won't I dump you?"
    "Its fine, we are no longer friends then."
    "Wait!!! Are you back from Chibombo?"
    "Maybe."
    "Quit being foolish and say."
    "Is it your business?"
    "Sorry babe, you know I miss you."
    "You miss me?"
    "Yes I do miss you."
    "Thank you."
    "What's with the attitude?"
    "I want you to beg me."
    "You are out of your mind, I have to beg for my son, bae and those bosses from hell then you too?"
    "Speaking of your son, I have only seen him once."
    "You rearaly visit my home."
    "Are you sure?"
    "You do visit, usually when you visit, he is at school."
    "I should start visiting my nephew."
    "What about me?"
    "What about you?"
    "Am I not family?"
    "Are you family?"
    "Forget it."
    "Bye, we will talk later."
    "On a serious note, when are you coming back to Lusaka."
    "You will see me tomorrow morning so don't stress."
    "If you say so, I am really lonely without you."
    "Hahahaha you lonely, what about your numerous boyfriends?"
    "You know I am a changed person, I have one man in my life."
    "That man is lucky to be the only player in the field, I have to meet him and shake his hand."
    "He is a nice man, guess what I don't know if I imagine things but he looks alike with my son. You can see some features within them and they get along just perfectly."
    "If he loves your son like a father should then he is for keeps. You are blessed to have found such a man."
    "Butah, you can say that again."

    At home, Vanessa had a bath while Mutinta fixed something for her to eat, after eating she went to bed.
    The next day, Vanessa woke up early to prepare for work. . She left home around 5am, Mutinta drove Vanessa to work. . Vanessa walked in like a mice hunting for cheese, she did a marathon race to her table, she peeped in all corners looking for Nathan, thankfully there was not a trace of him anywhere at the premises. Vanessa had too much work on her table, her phone vibrated, as she was about to pick up, she saw Nathan entering. She picked up the call facing a different direction.
    "Hey mama."
    "Hello there."
    "Lucy here."
    "Lucy, sorry I do not have this number, I have the other number."
    "You should save this one too."
    "I will."
    "How did you travel?"
    "My bad, I couldn't call you because I was low on credit. I got home by 6pm."
    "Glad you traveled safely."
    "We were a bit delayed, there was too much traffic."
    "I hope I don't sound noisy, I noticed you have POP on your arm. What happened?"
    "Its alright to get concerned, I had a little accident a few weeks ago."
    "Get well soon, Cox was worried, he asked me to find out if you are okay."
    "I sense love in the air, are you guys back together?"
    "Hahahaha Vine."
    "Tell me its official, my favorite couple is at it again."
    "We are trying to make it work."
    "That's what I want to hear."
    "We owe everything to you, you are truly an angel like Chellah would say."
    "I would never wish to see true love fade away, you guys wanted whats best for Chellah and I."
    "May God grant you favor, I pray you find someone."
    "I have to go, I am at work."
    After the call, there were two missed call notifications from Nathan, he must have tried to call Vanessa whilst she was on the other call. A text message came through, "kindly get to my office right now."
    Vanessa's heart beat increased, she walked to Nathan's office, with the crimes pending, she was going to receive a death sentence from Judge Nathan. . The door was slightly open, "come in and take a seat." Nathan said. Vanessa went in and requested to stand rather than sit.
    "Good morning Vanessa, I guess you know why you are here."
    "No sir, I don't." A bold Vanessa replied.
    "Your leave ended two days ago, you where suppose to report for work on Monday, today is a Wednesday ."
    "Sorry sir, I had errands to run."
    "Ghost errands which the company sent you to run."
    "No sir, they were personal and confidential."
    "Then why did you have to drag the companies name in your personal matters?"
    "I'm sorry, there is a reason I didn't want my sister to know where I was going, that's why I lied to her."
    "You went to see your lover in Kitwe and lied to your family. You abscond from work, if you wanted a honeymoon, we as a company would spare you the time to enjoy yourself rather than doing it in the dark."
    "Sir, I admit I was wrong but that doesn't give you the right to insult me."
    "Woman, I'm not insulting you."
    "I didn't travel to Copperbelt to see my lover, I traveled to Copperbelt to clear the wind in my life which didn't require me to announce to everyone, neither my best friend nor my sister knew where I had gone."
    "Someone from this firm saw you with a man in Kitwe."
    "For all I care, am I married to this company."
    "You work for this company."
    "Should I hang myself because I work here." Vanessa shouted.
    "Lower your voice tone."
    "Listen and listen very carefully Nathan, this is not the only place of work that there is in this world. If you think I can't do minus you and this place, I dare you to fire me."
    "You are daring me to fire you."
    "Yes I dare you to."
    "Go home and come back tomorrow."
    "I will not leave this room until you fire me."
    "We are both angry, we can't talk like this."
    "We will talk whichever way."
    "Leave my office."
    "I am not moving an inch from here."
    "I called you here so I'm commanding you to leave."
    "You are bitter for nothing."
    The situation got tense, Nathan tried to compose himself, colleagues tried to go in but Vanessa locked the door and put the keys in her pockets. Nathan tried to get the keys, Vanessa fell down in the process. Nathan tried to help Vanessa stand, Vanessa said something that angered Nathan; you are not man enough. That sentence angered Nathan to the point that he slapped Vanessa and everyone went quiet. Vanessa had a surprised face with her hands on her chick.
    "Give me the keys or open the door before I do worse, never in your life should you disrespect me. The reason I came to your house was to deliver a message to you since I couldn't get through to your phone, the board decided that they have you promoted and transfered to our new offices at Manda Hill. The board needed your presence yesterday but you were no where to be found. Someone who wants your new post bad talked you saying you are not competent for the job, they saw you in Kitwe with a man, they made a big issue out of it, I had to defend you just like you defend me. I called you to my office so as to talk to you before delivering the good news to you, as a person who recommended you, its best I seat you down and talk before you do something that will embarrass us both. One more thing, I regret for what I have done to you today, I didn't mean to slap you, I hope you forgive me."
    Vanessa dropped the keys on the table, Nathan opened the door and left. Michello came in around 8am, everybody was talking about the saga between Nathan and Vanessa.
    "Butah, what happened between you and Lucifer, I hear he beat you up."
    "Butah, I'm cursed. I always end up hurting people who are good to me."
    "What's wrong boo, talk to me."
    "Nathan and I had a heated argument to the point that he slapped me.".
    "He slapped you, you mean Nathan laid a finger on you? What are we doing? Let's go to the police station and file a report, this is assault. Look at your chick, its swollen."
    "Stop exaggerating things, I pushed him to do so."
    "Whether you pushed him or not, he was not suppose to slap you, a man who beats a woman is not man enough, see why I say Nathan is gay?"
    "You are not helping the situation at hand."
    "Where is Nathan? I am going to give him a piece of me, he thinks you have no one to defend you."
    "Wait, where are you going?"
    "What does it look like? To finish world war four."
    "Calm down besides he is not in his office."
    "Where is he?"
    "He left."
    "He will be back."

    At 9am there was a brief meeting, Nathan was suspended by the board of director for his actions. Vanessa felt guilty, she tried to reason with everyone, they wouldn't listen to her, she asked them to suspend her too. They told her to forget everything, forge forward and take up her new post as branch manager at the Manda Hill branch. "Mr Nathan has been suspended until further notice, for now the vice chairperson will take charge. Miss Vanessa congratulations on your new post, we do not expect you to fail us."
    After the meeting Vanessa broke down, she blamed herself for everything. How can she take up her new post when the person responsible to her rising is suspended. Michello comforted her saying everything was going to be okay.
    At 1pm, Nathan came back to the office to get his things. Shortly after Nathan walked in, three officers came looking for him.
    "We are looking for Mr Nathan." One officer said.
    "What has he done?" Venessa asked.
    "We have orders to arrest him for assaulting a lady." Replied the officer
    "He didn't assault anyone."
    "Madam stop contradicting our work before we arrest you too."
    " I am telling you the truth, there was a minor understanding but not assault."
    The officers walked to the next table, they were showed were Nathan's office was. They walked in and hand cuffed him.
    "This is how you pay me back, I thought having me suspended was enough, you called police officers on me?" Nathan said to Vanessa as the officers were dragging him out.
    .
    Sorry guys for starving you, like I always confess, whenever I do not post, just know there are things beyond my control. . I have been busy, I don't even have time for my phone.
    Nonetheless I took time to ban people from my page and I will still do more. . Ghost reading is officially a crime.

    Part Thirteen

    "Nathan; I had nothing to do with your suspension, I didn't call the cops on you, please believe me." Vanessa said running after Nathan.
    "So, who did all this? And to think I was beginning to like you, I had a soft spot for you, dam was I wrong."
    "It hasn't gotten to that, please believe me."
    "You women are the same, I thought you were different."
    "I am sorry, I will make it right."
    "There is nothing you can do, do not make a mistake of coming to the station for I will show you what I'm capable of doing."
    "Which station are you taking him?" Vanessa asked the officers.
    "Matero police station." Replied one of the officers.
    "I know you hate me, my face is the last you wanna see but let me help you. Without me, we won't solve this case."
    "Woman if you make a mistake of coming near me, I will personally kill you." Nathan shouted.
    "Umagiwa iweh (you will be jailed), you are threatening to kill someone in our presence, you do no have respect for the law." The officer said kicking Nathan.
    Vanessa lost it, she ran to Nathan's rescue, please let go of him, don't beat him. . He isn't an offender until he is proven guilty."
    "Madam, what's your take in this matter, why are you defending this man? Is he your lover?"
    "Who called to file a compliant on assault charges."
    "A lady by the name of Vanessa."
    "You are the devil's advocate, you are playing miss goody two shoes when its you who contacted the police." A disappointed Nathan said.
    "I swear on my parent's grave, I never called the police."
    "How many Vanessa do you have at his firm?"
    "She is the only one, officers stop wasting your time on her, she is not worth it." Nathan said.
    "Nathan, someone else must have called the police, its not me."
    "Follow us to the police station." The officer said.
    "Officer, this woman is not going anywhere."
    "I will be right behind you."
    "You will find us."
    "If you dare follow me to the station, you will come back dead."
    Vanessa knew she had to make things right, she ran back inside. . She got her bag and called Oliver the company driver to take her to the station.
    "Where are you rushing to?" Michello asked.
    "I'm not in the mood for senseless questions." Replied Vanessa
    "Hold up, what have I done?"
    "You know what you did."
    "Would I be asking if I knew."
    "Michello learn to ask before drawing a conclusion, look what you have done? Nathan is in police custordy."
    "But what has Nathan being in police custordy got to do with me?"
    "You don't know, do not play dumb with me."
    "What are you talking about?"
    "I understand you are my friend, you care for me and the likes, this time you crossed the limits."
    "I still don't understand."
    "Ohhh really? Let me simplify things to you, you calling the cops and reporting assault charges that don't exist was wrong. Nathan has been through a rough day, you had to add more misery to it."
    "Wait! Are you saying I called the cops?"
    "Who did it if not you?"
    "Vanessa,  I'm equally shocked at the accusations you have labelled against me."
    "A few hours ago, you wanted us to go to the police station to file a compliant of which I refused. The officers said someone claiming to be me called them to report assault charges. I didn't make a call to anyone concerning this matter thus you are the only one who could have."
    "Sorry honey then Nathan has many enemies. . I too didn't make that call, I'm as surprised as you are. Someone else called the police on Nathan."
    "I dont believe a thing you say."
    "I'm telling the truth, I swear upon my son's life, I didn't make that phone call."
    "I don't believe you either."
    "We were together the whole time, what time did I make the call."
    "I don't know, right now anything is possible."
    "I'm a crazy person, I initiated going to the police and I ended there."
    "Then who snitched on me pretending to be me."
    "Like I said, Nathan has many enemies."
    "What are they trying to achieve? Putting him in such a situation."
    "I wouldn't know, not everyone is happy with Nathan."
    "Nathan thinks its all my doing and he hates me."
    Michello and Vannesa went to Matero police station, they were told to see the officer handling the case. . They went to his office, they were asked to wait as the person they were looking for was in a meeting.. Vanessa was pacing around the corridors as they waited. The officer took long to come, after what seemed like a decade, he called them to his office. They explained why they were there. He too explained that he had received a call from a lady by the name of Vanessa who had claimed she had been brutally attacked by her boss at work, she gave them the location.
    "I had to send my boys to arrest him." Vanessa and Michello looked at each with surprised faces, how was it possible that the call came through when none of them made that call.
    "Sir, I'm Vanessa, the lady in question."
    "What can I do for you? Are you here to drop the charges?"
    "There seems to be a mistake, I didn't call to lodge a complaint."
    "It must be a different Vanessa."
    "There is only one Vanessa at my work place and thats me."
    "But if you didn't call, who did?"
    "We do not know, that's what we are trying to find out."
    "It seems another person called in."
    "Sir, I had a misunderstanding with mr Nathan over work related issues. We argued but it never escalated to the point of assault."
    "We received a video, in the video you can clearly see Mr Nathan slapping an unknown woman, the video doesn't not show the woman's face."
    "A video? Can I see it?"
    "No I cannot show it, you said it's not you."
    "Okay! Okay! He tried to slap me."
    "Madam, what are you saying?"
    "Me and him have something going on, I cheated on him with some man and he found out. You know its normal for a man to get upset, even you constable would behave the same if you found out your girlfriend was cheating on you." Vanessa lied.
    "What! This is when you are confessing, why didn't you say earlier than beating around the bush?"
    "I was scared, if this case goes to court, I will loose out."
    "What do you want me to do for you?"
    "Since the person who called said she was Vanessa. . I want the charges dropped."
    "This is a complicated case, let me call the number that called."
    "Please do, I want to know who they are, ask them to come through to the station."
    "Just a minute, I will call."
    Constable Muswema called the number, he put the call on loud speaker. Some lady picked up.
    "Hello."
    "Good Afternoon, is this Vanessa?"
    "Vanessa?"
    "Yes, ain't you Vanessa?"
    "Ahhhhhhhhhh yes I am Vanessa."
    "You are requested to come at Matero police station concerning the call you mad to our office this morning."
    "What call? I thought the man who assaulted me was arrested."
    "He was arrested but we still need you to come and give your statement."
    "Is it necessary?"
    "Yes, we cannot keep mr Nathan here without your official statement."
    "I will send someone to pass through tomorrow morning, I'm very busy right now."
    "You are suppose to come here in person and not sending someone."
    "I will come tomorrow afternoon."
    "Madam, you cannot be eating our time. Come here or I drop the charges."
    "Just keep him there for a day or two then release him."
    "You cannot decide that, we need your presence."
    "I will be there after an hour."
    "Thank you, you will find us."
    Vanessa and Michello were more than shocked, who was this Vanessa, anyways they would get to see who she is.
    "You see why I say its a complicated case, you claim to be Vanessa and someone else claims to be Vanessa so who is who?"
    "Let's wait for the other woman to come then will settle this thing once and for all."
    "Wait for me outside, I have to attend to other people, I will let you know when she comes, leave your number so I can call you."
    "Thank you officer."

    They sat outside the bench, the two ladies had met the shock of their lives, they thought of anyone who hated Nathan that much, they came up with nothing, the lady's voice wasn't familiar. Someone might have taken the video, they couldn't think of anyone capable of going to such extremes.
    After an hour, Mr Muswema called Vanessa and Michello to his office.
    "We have a problem, the lady has switched off her phone."
    "What are you waiting for? This lady is a fraud, Nathan is innocent. Please release him."
    "I can't, my hands are tide. I wish there was anything I could do."
    "There is more you can do, I'm the person who had altercations with Nathan, I demand you release him."
    "That's the problem, there are two people claiming to be Vanessa, so I don't know who is who?"
    "I am the only Vanessa that there is from my work place, if you want, let's go to the office. Ask anyone and they will tell you or better yet look closely at the video. What clothes is the lady who is being slapped wearing?"
    "The video is not clear."
    "Look at it again, I haven't changed my clothes."
    "You might as well bought the clothes you are wearing to convince me that you are Vanessa, who knows maybe you have watched the video, you are trying to save your lover."
    Officer Muswema received a call, he excused himself. He went outside, Vanessa followed him. She saw officer Muswema talking to some lady in the car park, Vanessa could not see her face. She covered her face in an ijahab. Shortly after talking, she handed him an envelop. She got in the car and drove off, she was driving a Mercedes Benz E_class. Vanessa ran back to the office. Officer Muswema walked in a few minutes later.
    "I am sorry ladies, there is nothing I can do, Mr Nathan will have to spend a night here until further investigations."
    "Who is she? How much did she pay you to have Nathan kept here. Just name the price, I will double it."
    "I don't know what you are talking about, are you aware that bribing an officer of the law is a crime."
    "Really? It's a crime you say?"
    "Get out of my office before I have you arrested." Officer Muswema stammered.
    "We are leaving, thank you for your help."  Michello said dragging Vanessa to the door.
    Who do you think is this mysterious lady who wants to torture Nathan?

    Part Fourteen

    Vanessa poured her heart to Michello, Nathan was in police cells and Vanessa couldn't do anything to save him, to top it up Nathan thought it was all Vanessa's doing.
    "Butah, what do I do? I don't want to loose his faith and trust in me."
    "Everything will be okay."
    "How? Just look at me."
    "You are stressing too much, everything will be okay."
    A month went by Vanessa had her POP removed, aunt Jenny, Mutinta and Michello were by her side. All attempts to get Nathan out failed, he was transfered to Remind prison awaiting trial. Vanessa tried her best to have him released but the force working against them was too strong.
    Nchimunya's wedding was a day away, on the day before the wedding, Jason called Vanessa to tell her he couldn't go on with the wedding.
    "Hello, good morning."
    "Good morning."
    "Is this Vanessa?"
    "Yes, this is her."
    "Who am I talking to?"
    "It's Jason."
    "From where?"
    "Jason, your ex."
    "Which ex? Are you sure?"
    "I need to see you."
    "I have no ex apart from Chellah."
    "I know you know its me."
    "Stay away from me as far as you can."
    "I won't, its not easy."
    "Who gave you my line?"
    "I got it from your sister's phone."
    "You are an idiot, if you dare call me again. I will kick you."
    "From the time I set my eyes on you, I cannot get my mind off you, its like the past has come back calling."
    "God have mercy on you."
    "Will I see you?"
    "I don't know you, I don't see the need of us talking."
    "Please, let's meet you hear me out."
    "Kindly leave me alone, I have nothing to discuss with you."
    "What happened between us has an impact on me, it really puzzles me that I am marrying your young sister, its for the better that we meet up."
    "Make it your last time to touch that dial to call me, if you dare call me. You will regret ever knowing me."
    "Please Vanessa, please."
    Vanessa cut Jason's call, she had too much pressure on her. She had been visiting the best lawyers around the country hoping to have Nathan released.

    Jason had been troubled from the time he saw Vanessa at the family gathering at aunt Jenny's place, all he wanted was to see her. . He felt strange as he couldn't remember what really happened for their relationship to crash, Vanessa was his soulmate, how was it possible that he lost her,  based on what he inquired from friends, he is the one that ended the relationship. He doesn't remember Vanessa doing anything that would eventually lead to a break up thus as sad as it was, he wanted to meet Vanessa and hear her side of the story before tying the knot to Nchimunya.
    Jason's call inferioritated Vanessa, if only he was near, she would strangle him. That evening, she visited a retired lawyer in Chalala that a workmate recommended. .  He gave her a pleasant welcome. She explained everything to him, he promised to help her. Hearing what the old man said, it gave Vanessa hope and some sort of closure. Nathan's incarceration took a part of Vanessa, she blamed herself for everything, that being the reason she tried everything in her power to have him released. She was tackling work, family and Nathan's unfair sentence.
    Many at times she visited him, he refused to see her, that hurt Vanessa more. . .
    On her way from Chalala, she received a call from Michello saying Nathan wanted to see her. She didn't care what time it was, she drove to Remind prison. . She couldn't hold her tears when she got there, its the worst place a person can be at. Vanessa was told to wait, after a while she was taken somewhere. They asked her for an identity card, she was given a paper to write her details and signature. . Thereafter a prisoner warder took her to the visitation room, she was told to wait in the waiting room, minutes later Nathan walked in, he had lost weight and had grown a beard. Vanessa composed herself not to shed a tear in Nathan's presence. .
    "Hey you."
    "Hello, how are you?"
    "I'm alright and you?"
    "I am fine."
    "Sorry to have kept you waiting, I was playing soccer with my buddies."
    "Ohhh you have made friends."
    "Yes, I made friends."
    "That's great."
    "How is your hand, I can see you no longer have the tute."
    "Yeah, they removed it, my arm feels wired. I got used to it, it became a part of me."
    "How is life on the other side?"
    "Life is okay, work and family."
    "That's great, you still looking beautiful, those big eyes would drive any man crazy even a prisoner like me."
    "Come on! Don't say that, you are not a prisoner."
    "Don't feel pity for me, I brought this upon myself. Had I not slapped you, this wouldn't have happened. My anger caused all this, truth be told I got hurt when I heard you were with a man, that bruised my ego considering that you traveled without my knowledge besides you didn't pick my calls any time I tried calling."
    "I am sorry about all this, I pushed you to do this. You don't know how miserable my mind is that you are here."
    "Shiiiiiii do not say more."
    "Please forgive me."
    "Are those tears coming out of those beautiful eyes, come here, do not shed a tear. Do you believe in fate?"
    "No I don't."
    "Everything happens for a good of something."
    "Not like this, this is hell. You being in this place has nothing to do with fate. This is not you, you don't belong here."
    "I belong everywhere."
    "Not in prison."
    "Do you have Kr100 with you?"
    "Yes I do."
    "Do you mind giving it to me."
    "Sure, why not." Vanessa handed the money to Nathan.
    Nathan gave the money to the officer who was in the room. He whispered something to him and he left.
    "We need some privacy."
    "What did you tell him?"
    "It's a men's thing, I won't snitch on the guy code."
    "Hahahaha you are funny."
    "I know this is probably not the right time or place for this but hey a guy is gata do what he has to do."
    "What?"
    "From the first time I saw you, I had your face on my mind. I tried by all means to get you off my mind but I failed, I was afraid of love. . Remember when you made my coffee? You used salt instead of sugar, I drunk it though it tasted like poison, I saw you peeping through the window to check if I drunk it. . I can go on but time won't allow me. I hope after unleashing my heart to you, you will tell me that you feel the same way."
    Vanessa was shocked, she looked at Nathan with tears rolling down her face. He wiped her tears with his thumb.
    "I gave you coffee with salt?"
    "Hahahaha you did, I knew you would make a mistake because you were nervous when I asked you to make me a cup of coffee."
    "Hahaha I'm sorry for that, you know I did not intentionally do that."
    "You don't have to be."
    "Why didn't you say?"
    "Forget it, I liked it. About my question, do I have to wait for an answer."
    "Ahhhhhhhhh no, I am shy right now, feeling like a high school girl who is being proposed to for the first time."
    "So?"
    "So what?" Vanessa faced down.
    "Us? Do I stand a chance to make you mine."
    "Yes you do."
    "Is that a yes?"
    "Yes, I Vanessa have agreed to be your woman as of today."
    "Look, I hope you are saying this from the depth of your heart. I don't want to force words out of your mouth, do not agree to this because you feel pity for me."
    "Its coming from the deepest end of my soul."
    "OMG!!!!! Thank you, can I get a kiss, the last one was a stolen one."
    "There was a stolen one."
    "That night we went out, when you passed out, I stole a kiss from you ."
    "Thief."
    "You can say lip thief (LT)."
    After many years of staying away from intimacy, Vanessa finally felt that groove again. Kissing felt strange, its like she forgot everything. . Nathan on the other hand enjoyed the feel of Vanessa's tender soft lips. . They hugged for a good five minutes before letting go of each other. Vanessa reached for her hand bag, she handed Nathan some groceries and money.
    "You look sad beautiful"
    "You being here pained me and now that you are my man, leaving you will be more painful."
    "Me being here is for a reason, who knows if I was out there, I would not have the courage to tell you how I feel."
    "I hope they are not maltreating you."
    Time was up, Vanessa hugged Nathan one more time, they held hands, he kissed her on the forehead. "Do not cry baby princess, I will be out soon. I want more of these lips, by the way I know you have nothing to do with my being here."
    With that Nathan waved at Vanessa, Vanessa watched as Nathan walked back to his friends. Her heart bled seeing her man go. She walked to the car park with a happy soul. She never in her life thought Nathan liked her muchless loving her. This was the day she never saw coming. She drove home a happy woman. More than ever she wanted Nathan out of prison.
    She got home around 7pm, she noticed a strange car parked outside her house. "Who could this be?" She said to herself, she drove in. The lights were off, that meant Mutinta was out but who was home? Vanessa noticed someone sitting on the swing. .
    "Who are you?"
    "Hey baby, missed me?"
    "You!!!!! What!!!!!" Vanessa shouted as she tried to run.

    Part Fifteen

    Vanessa couldn't see who the person was, she assumed it was an intruder, she tried to run away but he held her.
    "Where do you think you are running to?"
    "Let go off me."
    "I asked to talk to you in a polite way but you would not listen so here we are, I will talk to you in this manner."
    "Jason, let go off my arm, you are hurting me."
    "What happened to us? I mean we were a perfect couple, how did we end up to the point of finding myself with your sister."
    "Look at me closely, do I look like a psychic who is able to tell the past and the future?"
    "I remember leaving for China and leaving you as my girl but the break up part, I don't really recall."
    "Hahahaha you have now lost your memory? Sorry, I hope you get better soon, we still need you."
    "I know you might not believe me, everything is a blur memory, people say I was the one who called it quits though I remember doing none."
    "Then who did? Jason; I'm no longer that high school kid who used to fall for your foolish lies, I upgraded a long time ago. If you feel coming here and acting all innocent will work, I have bad news for you. Get out of my yard this very minute, if I ever see you near me or this place. I will personally kill you, idiot."
    "Wowww woo woo when did you become this savage?"
    "You were gone for too long, did you expect to find the same government."
    "Please hear me out, I am freaking going crazy, I'm confused right now, I do not know who to run to, your sister is a nice person, she can make a good wife, that am very much sure but there is a problem."
    "That is?"
    "I don't want to marry Nchimunya, even if I marry her the love is not there."
    "So? Do I look like a love retriever? Those are your own issues"
    "I love you instead, I always did. Something must have happened along the way, my love for you is the same, I do not know what to do. Can't I marry you instead?"
    "Marry who? You must be joking."
    "Look at me, I am a miserable man."
    "Do I look like I give a rat ass what you are or what you are not."
    "You have to care, it's you I love."
    "What did you say!!! Your stay here is no longer welcome."
    "I am not going anywhere until you say you love me too and you will marry me."
    "I will not entertain your idiocy."
    "I will not marry your sister, I have changed my mind."
    "You lie????"
    "I came here to tell you, I will not go on with the wedding, I will tell your sister the whole truth about us, my love for you is genuine, can't you see?"
    "Whether it is original or imported from China, go die with it."
    Vanessa had a beautiful day to have Jason ruin it, she asked Jason to leave, he left crying like a child, who cares.
    Vanessa had her shower, she couldn't believe Nathan proposed to her, it was such an amazing feeling. She hoped Chellah was happy for her. . Good things were working together, Nchimunya's wedding and Nathan's proposal, Vanessa was blessed beyond imagination.
    Mutinta came back around 8pm, she had been at Nchimunya's helping with the preparations.
    "Hey, where have you been? Everyone been asking about you."
    "I went to Chalala to meet up with a certain lawyer, thereafter I went to Remind prison to see Nathan."
    "He agreed to see you, is that why you are glowing? Anyways how is he? Sis I know you like the dude though you pretend not to like him. Its time to grow and move on, Chellah is gone, he is not coming back."
    "I know, its just that at times I feel Chellah is around. On the part of liking Nathan, I won't argue with you. I have always felt emotions but I didn't know what they were until now."
    "I hope when he is out, you guys will talk things over."
    "We will pumpkin."
     Vanny wasn't ready to spill the beans, as much as she wanted to believe Nathan meant every word he said, there was an inner instinct fighting that feeling. Could it be that Nathan was playing Vanny? She had to wait before announcing to the whole world.
    Around 10pm, Nchimunya and her braid maids showed up.
    "Hey sis, sorry for burgling in like this, we have no where to sleep. My house is full of people. Aunt Jenny's is packed too, you know as a bride, I need some privacy with my bride maids."
    "Please come in,  you don't have to apologize for coming to this house, this is my house. As my sister, its your house too."
    "Thank you, you are the best sister."
    "You are welcome."
    Having many things to celebrate about, they bought some alochol, the ladies had a great time chatting, drinking as well as having a bit of fun. Who says a bride can't drink a night before her wedding. Nchimunya drowned on the vodka as if it was the man she was getting married to. . Vanessa didn't drink too much.
    A call came through, due to the fact that it was a strange number, Vanessa ignored it, she assumed it was Jason trying to reach her. . It rang a second time, Vanessa excused herself, it cut before she got out of the house. She debated whether to call back, her phone vibrated, a text message popped up.
    hey beautiful please pick up, I want to hear that amusing voice before I call it a night, hurry up and pick up, the owner of the phone is getting impatient.
    After reading the message, Vanessa tried calling back but the line was off. A few minutes later, it rang.
    "Hello."
    "Hey stranger."
    "How is it that side?"
    "Its alright."
    "I can imagine the pressure, sorry your sister is getting married before you."
    "Snap out of it. Things happen for a purpose."
    "You do not blame this moron for taking a century to propose."
    "On the contrary I applaud him, he doesn't have to feel sorry for anything."
    "Really? So how is my baby princess doing?"
    "She is fine, I'm wondering how you got hold of that phone."
    "Stop wondering, you know I ran things here. With the money that you left I managed to buy the prisoner warder and other cell mates."
    "Hahahahahahahaha you are one hell of an actor, how did you do that?"
    "Well, you know how poor our system is. I gave the warder Kr200 to use his phone whenever I feel like."
    "Does that mean we have a phone?"
    "Yes pumpkin, we do, everytime you want to talk to me, just text him. He will come running with the phone."
    "Ohhh shame, but the phone is not important, I gave you that money so you can use it when you are in need."
    "I wanna hear your voice, you don't know how long I waited for you to be mine."
    "I understand, I will come see you on Monday."
    "Monday feels far, do you know I want you here with me close to me."
    "I want you too, this rift between us is tearing me apart."
    "I will see you soon beautiful."
    "I pray so."
    "How is the mood considering tomorrow's big day?
    "Its going down, the bride is drinking herself to death with her bride maids."
    "She should slow down on the alcohol, we don't want her throwing up on the groom."
    "Hahaha imagine!"
    "How are you though?"
    "I am alright, I should be asking how you are."
    "I am a man, don't worry about me. I am more concerned about my woman."
    "Your woman is all good, she is praying for you to get out."
    "Thank you, that's why God created a woman for a man, with you in my life. I will overcome all the challenges."
    "That's so sweet."
    "I have to say bye. Enjoy yourself and don't shed any tears, I know how you women can be. You cry anyhow, anywhere to anything."
    "You are a handful,
    "Am I lying?"
    "Where have you seen women crying without a reason."
    "At my sister's wedding, all the women were crying, made me wonder if I was attending a funeral or wedding."
    "Its called tears of joy dummy."
    "Isn't tears of joy made for the bride alone? Why does everyone else have to join her? That's bad luck."
    "Why are you this heartless?"
    "Correct me if I am wrong."
    "No you are not wrong."
    "That's it."
    "The women that cried at your sister's wedding were happy thus bringing up tears of joy."
    "That explains my sister's misery in her marriage, most of those tears were fakery."
    "Hahaha I am done."
    "I am only joking, I love hearing that terrible laughter of yours."
    "What? My laughter is terrible?"
    "It sounds like an angry bird from the Southern part of Zambia."
    "Is that a diss?"
    "Goodnight baby princess, I will send an angel to watch over you, please less I forget, don't touch or go near anything that has alcohol, no one is ready for your drama."
    "I have been shuttered."
    "Glad you are on mute, goo............."
    Nathan's call cut before he could finish his sentence, could it be that he run out of air time, she tried to call back but another call came through. She picked up thinking it was Nathan calling.
    "Woww is this the fame I will be receiving when you get here. I thought you said goodnight, why calling back?"
    "What are you talking about? I have been trying to get hold of you, the line is constantly engaged, who are you talking to?"
    "Who is this?"
    "Jason, who else?"
    "You fool."
    Vanessa cut Jason's call, she blocked all the numbers he called on. She walked back to the house. Nchimunya was high, she stood on the couch telling everyone how lucky she was to have a man like Jason, Vanessa had never seen Nchimunya that happy in a long time. Nchimunya's happiness was all she longed for, it had been long since she felt complete . As soon as Nchimunya saw Vanessa walk in, she called Vanessa to join her on the couch.
    "Everyone, please gather around, let me introduce you to someone special in my life, this lady is the owner of this mansion. She is a sister and mother to me, since our parents died, she has taken good care of Mutinta and I like a mother would. My lovely sister, I know I have been nothing but pain in the neck. Tomorrow as I join my hubby to be, I ask for your forgiveness for the the wrongs I have done to you knowingly and unknowingly."
    "Thank you so much for those kind words, I am humbled, the joy that feels my heart, soul and spirit is one I never felt my whole life, I have watched you grow from a toddler to a woman that you are today. Jason is one lucky man. I want you to know that I hold nothing against you, I pray for everlasting love in your marriage. I would like to ask for forgiveness as well, if I ever failed you in any way, please forgive me."
    It was such an emotional moment, the two sisters hugged, Vanessa felt a load lifted off her shoulders, all she ever hoped for was being in good books with Nchimunya. They took selfies together, the house was filled with laughter. Nchimunya's phone rang, her groom to be was calling. After speaking to him, she passed the phone to Vanessa, "Jason wants to say hi." Vanny refused to talk to Jason but Nchimunya insisted, Vanny faked a smile, she picked the call.
    "Hello brother in-law."
    "Hey sister in-law."
    "How are you? Getting ready for the big day?"
    "No I am not, didn't I tell you I will not go on with this wedding. Do you think its a prank I'm playing. Its a shame Nchimunya is happy for nothing. I want you to tell her that the wedding is off."
    "Jason, I have heard enough of your jokes, don't you have anything sensible to say?"
    "Nchimunya will be destroyed."
    "You are getting to that wedding dead or alive, if you try anything stupid. You will not live to see tomorrow, no one messes with one of my own. You are the one who proposed to Nchimunya, no one forced you. You can't woke up today and say you don't love her any more, you must be insane. I pray for total deliverance for the road you about to take is a rocky one and you might die of stupidity, nonsense."
    "Its not stupidity, its my love for you that is driving me crazy. I don't want to be unfair to you, Nchimunya and myself. I cannot be with someone I do not love."
    "I do not know why I am still talking to you."
    "I want you to tell Nchimunya the truth or I will."
    "You will do no such thing."
    "Dare me."
    Vanessa passed back the phone to Nchimunya, "I have spoken to him."
    The girls were having their moment of life, Vanessa proceeded to the bedroom and retired to dream land. .
    She woke up at 5am to prepare the bride.   . Nchimunya had slept in Mutinta's bedroom, Vanessa went to wake her up.
    "Good morning my bride, we better get you ready, we do not want you to be late."
    "We have the whole day to ourselves, Jason has called off the wedding, he said he no longer wants to marry me adding that someone close to me knows the reason he is doing so."
    "He what!!!! That bustard."
    "I think its aunt Sophia or aunt Mary doing, they might be behind this, I refused to conquer their suggestion. What have I done to deserve this? Who have I wronged? This is too much pain, imagine how the entire community will mock me, I would rather die than face this cross." Nchimunya broke down.
    "Die??? Nchimunya please! Calm down, take a death breath. Jason will marry you whether he likes it or not. He can't put our family's name in such shame. Trust me, I will handle this."
    "Its over Vanny, what are we going to do?"
    "Spare me some minutes, I will be back soon, if it means hiring people to kidnap Jason then I will."
    "No Vanny wait, you are the one that has to take a chill pill."
    Vanessa unblocked Jason, she called him to meet her at Arcades shopping center, she drove to Arcades like a maniac. She waited for Jason in the car park. He showed up after thirty minutes or so.
    "Who do we have here, the lovely big sister who would sacrifice everything she has to save the day, what can I do for you?"
    "What do you think you are doing? You had to wait this long just to break her heart?"
    "I will not marry Nchimunya and I will tell her the reason why."
    "Which is."
    "I'm in love with her elder sister Vanessa."
    "Try it, I will kill you."
    "Kill me, I don't mind dying for love."
    "You are sick in the head."
    "If you don't like this, there is another option. Give yourself to me, I mean your body, let me have the touch of your soft hands."
    "Now I know you are not normal."
    "The ball is in your hands, choose A or B or both."
    "Fine, I will sleep with you. Only after you have married my sister, I cannot do it now because I don't trust you, you may outsmart my intelligence."
    "Good girl, its a done deal."
    "Go get ready, we have a wedding to be at."
    Will Vanessa sleep with Jason or what?
    Take care.

    Part Sixteen

    Vanessa drove back home, she was in deep thoughts biting her fingers. She had just made a deal with the devil himself, she thought of how it would backfire on her if at all her loved ones ever found out what part she played in the whole scenario. She said a silent prayer.
    She got home in less than thirty minutes, Nchimunya was still mourning her misery, she had locked herself in the room. Everyone was on the door begging for her to open.
    "What is happening here?" Asked Vanessa
    "Sis, Nchimunya has locked herself inside." Replied Mutinta
    "Why is that?"
    "Please sis, try to talk her out of it, she wants to commit suicide."
    "Why the fuck are you all standing here?"
    "Its locked, we cannot go in."
    "We have to break this door by all means possible."
    "Good idea."
    As the girls were moving up and down looking for what to use to break the door. Vanessa sat on the door pleading with Nchimunya. She knocked on the door, "hey sis, its me Vanny. I know what you are going through but ending your life is not the solution, you still have a whole life ahead of you. Jason doesn't deserve this praise, if he truly loved you, he wouldn't want to hurt you. Open the door, let's talk."
    Soon after, Nchimunya opened the door and let Vanny in and locked it, she was holding a knife in her hands.
    "Wooooooo wooooo what are you doing with that knife?"
    "I can't take it no more, we are cursed. Any man that wants to marry us ends up leaving, if they stay then they die. Look at the brave Chellah, he went against all odds just to marry you, where did it land him? Jason changed his mind at the last minute."
    "We will get through this together."
    "I am not you Vanny, you are strong but am not."
    "We are both strong."
    "How did you pull through? I mean Chellah's death?"
    "Its God darling, trust in him."
    "I cannot."
    Vanessa was slowly moving to Nchimunya, she got close to her and grabbed the knife from Nchimunya. The two ladies fought against each other, Vanessa sustained a cut on the hand, they battled with the knife until Jason broke down the door and got in, he knelt down on his knees.
    "Nchimunya I am so sorry, please forgive me, I don't know what came over me. Give me that knife."
    "Listen to your man, he is sorry." Vanessa said to her sister.
    "This wedding will go on, get ready and do the privilege to marry this man."
    "Are you playing jokes with me?"
    "No sweetie, am not, you and I are getting married today."
    "Are you sure."
    "Yes honey, I have never been this serious my whole life. I was playing a prank on you to test my love for you."
    "Thank you so much Jason, I will marry you."
    "Get in your gown, you know a groom is not suppose to see the bride in her gown before the wedding."
    "I will get ready."
    Nchimunya wiped her tears, she couldn't believe what Jason had just told her, she thought she had lost him forever. She ran to her bride maids to deliver the good news. "Ladies get ready, the wedding is still on, my foolish groom was playing a prank on me to test my love for him." The ladies ran along to get ready.
    "I am so sorry about your door sis, we will fix it."
    "The door is not a problem, what matters is that the wedding is on"
    "Yes, my heart is relieved, I was so worried. Jason played a fast one on me, on a second thought, do you have anything to do with this?"
    "What do you mean?"
    "You stormed out an hour ago saying you will make sure Jason marries me."
    "Ohhh that, nah I had gone to see someone."
    "I hope you didn't send people to threaten him considering the decisions you make out of anger."
    "No, I did no such thing."
    "I wonder why he said the wedding was off and changed his mind, he sounded so serious, I almost fell for it."
    "Sweetie let's get you ready, today is a special day for you, you have no right to worry about anything."
    "Thank you sis for helping me out, for being my courage and strength, I wouldn't have done it on my own."
    "You are welcome sweetie, this is what sisters do for each other."
    "I am blessed to have you as a sister, I wouldn't ask for more."
    "Welcome, I am humbled."
    "Let me shower."
    "Have you called the make up artist?"
    "No I haven't, my mind was messed up."
    "Okay, give her a call and tell her to get here as soon as possible."
    "Get my phone, search for Sarah the make up artist."
    "Let's do this, I will send Mutinta to pick her up, you know how these ladies behave."
    "That's a better idea sis."
    "Go shower while I handle this."
    Nchimunya went to shower, Vanessa was in a shiray, she didn't know if she did the right thing or not, did Jason deserve Nchimunya? With all the drama he put up before his marriage to Nchimunya. It only meant more problems on the way.. Vanessa sent Mutinta to pick up the make up artist. She went to her room, she stood in on the mirror looking at herself. Nchimunya's wedding brought memories. Vanessa recalled what was to be her big day, she had looked beautiful in her wedding dress, she was young and so in love with Chellah. How could life be unfair to her and take away the only man she ever loved. She sobbed herself to tears looking back. Thereafter she went to the bathroom to wash her face, her arm was stained with blood
    .
    After what seemed like a decade, Mutinta came back with the make up artist, they dressed Nchimunya in her princess dress. The bride maids got ready, aunt Jenny came through to help. Vanny rushed to take a shower as aunt Jenny was finalizing things.
    Vanessa wore a very long peach pink dress, it revealed her beautiful curves, her cleavage was showing. She had thirty six inch Peruvian hair on her head, she wore the 8 inch red heels sealing her looks.
    "Who do we have here?"
    "Yes! Yes! You can ask again."
    "If not for the fact that I have been with you for ages, I would have said Nicki Minaj is standing right next to me."
    "I look lavishing right?"
    "Sis you have nailed it, I think hammer would be the correct term to use thus you have hammered it."
    "Hahahaha sis you are insane."
    "She is right sweetie, you look amazing, every single guy's eyes will be on you." Aunt Jenny said.
    "I should ask Jason to introduce you to his friends, you can't be single and look this beautiful, its a crime."
    "Hahaha you two are naughty, leave my singleness alone, I will get myself a man soon. No hooks ups for me, I have passed that stage."
    "You surely need to step up your game."
    "You are right aunt, talk to your daughter ohhhhh."
    "I think I will pass, I am so outer of here."
    Mutinta walked in minutes later, she looked amazing in a purple long dress.
    "No, you guys won't look beautiful like this, you might take away my man, do you want Jason to change his mind and marry any of you."
    "Nchimunya you are mad." Replied Mutinta.
    Vanessa had gone to the garden to check on the guy that had brought charcoal. . Michello walked in with her son, everyone went on mute staring at him. .
    "What's up, why are you all looking like you have just seen a ghost."
    "Forgive our manners, how are you? and who is this lovely boy?" Aunt Jenny asked.
    "He is my son."
    "Ohhh your son?"
    "Yes."
    "He is lovely, come here my boy, sit down. There are just ladies here."
    "He is not staying, I came with him so he can say hi to aunt Vanessa, but she is no where to be seen. Where is she? This boy is leaving, someone is waiting for him outside."
    "Vanessa was just here, she should be around."
    "Let me look for her."
    Michello was gone to look for Vanessa, aunt Jenny talked to the young boy, she couldn't believe what she was seeing, the boy was a duplicate of Chellah. .
    "Are you seeing what am seeing?" Aunt Jenny asked.
    "The boy? He has Chellh's features?" Replied Nchimunya
    "Then my eyes are not lying to me."
    "Did you see how astonished and amazed I became when they walked in, has Vanessa seen this kid before?"
    "I don't know, she would have told us about him."
    "I doubt she has, my love whats your name? Have you ever met aunt Vanessa?"
     "My name is Sifiso, I came here to meet aunt Vanny because most of the time she comes to my house, am either sleeping or at school!" The boy replied
    Michello came back to get her son. "Hey love, you have to go with uncle David, see you later, come kiss mummy good bye." The young boy kissed Michello, "sorry honey, come I introduce you to aunt Nchimunya and granny Jenny."
    "He is handsome, we already introduced ourselves."
    "I will be back soon, let me take him to the car."
    Michello left to escort the boy, Vanessa walked in minutes later. "I hear the trouble maker is here. Where is she?"
    "She has escorted her son outside."
    "She came with Sifiso?"
    "Yes, have you met him before?"
    "No I have only seen him twice."
    "Like face to face?"
    "No, he was sleeping the first time I saw him, the second time he was behind the vichcle and Michello's car is tinted, wait!!!! Why are you asking me all these questions, I don't understand."
    "It's just that she has a beautiful son, you never got to tell us about him."
    "Shame, but you people know Michello has a son right? Its good you met him, he is surely an angel."
    "Can we get going?" Aunt Jenny said.

    "Where were you?" Michello said hugging Vanessa.
    "I was outside with the charcoal burner."
    "I had come with Sifiso."
    "Aunt Jenny is just from telling me."
    "He has gone with David."
    "But why? You should have let him come to the wedding."
    "My dear, that one is a handful, he is better off with David."
    "It seems you and David are blossoming your love?"
    "We are babe, he is a good guy, not only does he resemble Sifiso, he loves him like a father should."
    "That makes him a good man, I hope he is not pretending."
    "I hope so too."
    "Let's go take selfies with the bride."
    Nchimunya rocked her gown, she looked stunning. Vanessa shed a tear seeing her young sister exchange vows but she remembered what Nathan said. People were whistling when the priest asked Jason to kiss his wife. I now pronounce you husband and wife, Jason you may kiss your bride."
    The wedding reception was at Sandy's Creation, everything was beautiful and on point. Aunt Mary and aunt Sophia were at their usual mental disorders. They frowned at Vanessa, one wonders why one would portray such behavior on a happy day.
    "I wish my brother was here to see his first born get married." Aunt Sophia said patting Vannesa's back.
    "Yes aunt, my father is happy wherever he is."
    "I think its time you traced your routes."
    "What's that suppose to mean?"
    "You are not my brother's child, God knows where your mother picked you from."
    "Aunt, what are you saying?"
    "Exactly! You are not a Hamambo, you are not a part of us, have you ever wondered why we do not like you? So your closeness to Nchimunya won't take you anywhere, stay away from family issues."
    "Auntie, this is a serious matter, please don't joke like this."
    "I am not joking, you are not my brother's blood." Aunt Sophia dropped the bombshell.
    Vanessa quietly walked out, Michello followed behind. They got in the car, Vanessa drove away. Michello asked what was wrong, Vanessa didn't utter a word. She drove to Michello's house.
    "Butah, allow me to rest, I will talk to you later."
    "What's wrong Butah."
    "Sorry babe, I can't talk right now."
    "But Nchimunya's wedding?"
    "To hell with Nchimunya's wedding, I have nothing to do with it, those guys are not my family, my whole life is a lie."
    "What!!!!"
    "Later Butah, all my phones are off, don't pick up any call coming from aunt Jenny or Mutinta."
    "Okay Butah."
    Vanessa crawled on the couch, she forced herself to sleep.  She was awaken by a loud knock on the door, Michello went to attend to it. She kissed David and hugged Sifiso, "did you have fun? Please come in, my friend Vanny is here. Vanessa was facing the other side when David walked in.
    "Hey Butah, David and Sifiso are here."
    When Vanessa turned, she met the shock of her life, Chellah was standing in front of her.
    "Chellah!!!!!!!!!!!!!." Vanessa shouted.
     "Vanessa, calm down, l can explain." Said David .
    " Do you guys know each other." A confused Michello inquired."
    Readers like I confessed last time, I am very busy of late. I have to tuckle work, school, family and other things. This has made it difficult for me to post regularly. I have exams next month.

    Part Seventeen

    "Explain what! What do you have to explain? That you faked your own death and left me to mourn a living person? You are heartless Chellah, I never for once thought this to be true. There were rumors going round that you are alive and well, how foolish was I not to believe."
    "Vanessa, let me explain."
    "What will you explain? You hid from me, your son, your friends and your family! For what? What were you trying to achieve?"
    "Hold up, please Vanessa, I know you are angry, hurt and disappointed but things are not what they seem. There is a better explanation at the end of this." David said while trying to hold Vanessa.
    "Don't touch me, don't lay your filthy hands on me, you can't imagine what I will do to you."
    "Can't you for once keep quiet and listen."
    "Listen! Did you say listen? Now you listen to me, I curse the day I met you, I have nothing more to say."
    "Vanessa, you are over reacting."
    "Wtf Chellah!!!!!!!!! I am over reacting? You made 14 years of my life a lie. You played with my heart, emotions, mind and soul. . I can forgive you but not this, faking your own death. Why didn't you just leave or better yet call off everything, I am human too. I would have understood than doing this, this is unforgivable."
    "If you continue talking, you won't hear my part."
    "Your part is clear, you are a despicable dog who only cares about himself."
    "I have been looking all over for you, I wanted to meet and talk to you."
    "David! Vanessa! What's going on here? Do you two know each." Michello asked.
    "You say you have been looking for me, does it mean you lost your memory?"
    "No, I never lost my memory, Michello had told me she had a friend by the name of Vanessa, I never imagined it to be you."
    "Babe what are you two talking about, don't tell me you two have history." Michello shouted.
    "On the contrary, we have no history." Replied Vanessa.
    "Vanessa, I have spent the last 10 years of my life trying to locate you and my brother's son, now that I have found you, I won't loose you."
    "What! Vanessa and now your brother's son, this drama is too much, someone make me understand."
    "What are you saying?" Vanessa said hitting David with her fist.
    "Chellah was my identical twin brother, my name is David"
    "Hahaha even after doing the worst, you still wanna go on with your lies, Chellah never had a twin brother. If at all he did, he would have mentioned that to me."
    "I didn't know either, I learnt about it after his dismay ."
    "You know what, today is a bad day for me, I won't stay here and listen to this nonsense, I am done and I am grateful for one thing, your lies have been exposed."
    "Wait, there is more to this, Chellah and I were separated at the age of two. My mother run away with me and left Chellah with our dad. He was raised by my aunt and because of what my mom did, my father lied to Chellah that mum died giving birth to Chellah. My mum told me my father was late, I lived  my entire life in Botswana."
    "Thank you for your foolish explanation, you are very stupid and foolish to think I would fall for such."
    "It's the truth."
    "I know Chellah from head to toe, this thing standing in front of me is Chellah, so David whatever you are called now, go feed your lies to someone else and please go to Chililabombwe and look for your son, he is suffering."
    With that, Vanessa left the house, she got in the car and sped off."
    Michello was in disbelief, she so needed the air to be cleared.
    "I always knew there was something sinister about you."
    "Not you too."
    "So you go round playing with women's emotions?"
    "Its not like that."
    "What you were saying didn't make sense, who is Chellah? What do you have to do with him?"
    "There is a lot at hand, how was I to know that the Vanessa you talk about was the one I have been looking for."
    "What you are saying is confusing me."
    "Chellah is Vanessa's late hubby, I mean fiance since they never got to wed, he died days prior to their wedding."
    "What!!! No! No! You are lying. Vanessa has never been engaged to be married."
    "Ask her if you want, for how long have you known her?"
    "I have known her long enough for her not to keep secrets from me. I don't know what you did to her, I will tell you one thing. I don't care what past you two have but I stand on my friend's side, Vanessa is going through alot."
    "The more reason I want you to help me out."
    "What!!!! Don't tell me you used me to get to Vanessa."
    "Woman fate brought us together, I didn't know you were close to Vanessa."
    "It all makes sense now, you were using me and my son so as to get close to Vanessa! Son of a b..........! Get out of my house!!!"
    "Won't you at least hear what I have to say?"
    "I won't hear anything coming from your mouth, why in the whole world would I think you were an angel when you are the devil's first born son, get out!!!!!!!!!!!!."
    "Calm down."
    Michello dragged David out of the house, little Sifiso was standing in the hallway with his ball in the hands.
    "Mummy, why are you chasing uncle David? We are going to play soccer, right uncle David."
    "Don't worry little champ, mum and I were playing truth or dare, I dared her to push me which is why she  pushed me, its all a game however the game can wait, I have to rush back to home. I will see you tomorrow, come here and give me a hug."
    "Don't you come near me and my son, I don't want my son to be tinted with a criminal mind." Michello whispered to David.
    "I want you to know I meant no harm, I hope one day you will bare me a listening ear, everything else meant alot, I enjoyed making love to you, I enjoyed your son's company and most importantly your presence in my life."
    "If I am not mistaken, I heard Vanessa tell you to look for your son, stop sticking to someone else's child when yours is roaming in the streets starving of hunger, my son and I don't need you."
    "Take good care of Sifiso for me."
    "You do not have to remind me, I always take good care of my son."
    "Hope to see you around, if you feel like talking, don't hesitate to call me."
    "This is the last time we ever see each other."
    "I will be coming to see Sifiso, he means a span to me, for this boy, I would do anything."
    "Stay away from my son, if I ever see you near him. I will personally kill you."
    "He is fond of me so this wrangle between us has got nothing to do with him, if you have problems, don't let the child know. He knows nothing, he is innocent."
    "Okay, once in a while, visit him from school not in my house." Michello said before shutting the door on David."
    "Thank you so much, this boy reminds me of many things."
    "Welcome, please leave."
    "Good bye uncle David, see you tomorrow." Little Sifiso waved at David.
    "Goodbye champ."
    Michello was confused, she tried to make sense out of everything, nothing made sense. Who was David? Why did Vanessa call him Chellah, who was this Chellah that she never heard of. . She tried calling Vanessa, all her lines were switched off. She thought of driving to Vanessa's house but knowing how Vanny is, she was probably lodging at a hotel.
    Vanessa drove home, she packed a few clothes. She booked a cab to golden gate hotel, she booked herself a room. She needed time and space to consume all that was happening around her, her only hope of strength Michello must have been confused because of what transpared. Why did she have to hide her painful past from her only friend. The Chellah saga was the most hurting part of it all, how could Chellah do this to her, the man she spent half her life loving and caring for was not what she thought he was. She held on to a pillow and cried herself to death. . Aunt Sophia's words came rumbling "you are not my brother's child." It seemed the world was unfair with Vanessa, finding out that the man she called father was not her real dad, Vanessa felt betrayed. The betrayal was too much because it was to do with the two men she loved the most. Who was she going to run to. Aunt Sophia's words explained why the Hamambo's family never liked Vanessa. . They knew she wasn't a part of them, that alone explaining the hatred.. . Her whole life was a lie, she thought of calling the prison warder so as to talk to Nathan but what was she going to tell him? Besides Nathan had too much, he was in prison for a crime he never commited. . .Vanessa called the CEO from work to ask for permission, she told him she had been found with Fibroids and that she needed to do an operation sooner making it impossible for her to continue going for work. Thankfully he granted her two weeks leave, she spent her time in the hotel room watching TV.
    Aunt Jenny, Mutinta and Nchimunya were worried, they filed for a missing person's report. . They moved from one hospital to another looking for Vanessa. They had searched all her family and friend's homes but nothing. .  All hope was lost, they had a feeling something bad might have happened to their precious Vanessa. . She must have been killed but why was the car packed at her home, who would kill someone and dump the car at the victim's house. . At the police, they were told to wait patiently and that Vanessa was somewhere well and in good health. . Aunt Jenny couldn't take it, she went to Zicta then airtel so as to trace Vanessa's phone, she was told to take a police report but the police refused to give it to her for they believed Vanessa was alive and hid from her relatives for reasons best known to herself. Jason was feeling guilty, he thought Vanessa's disappearance had something to do with him, many at times he tried to confess to Nchimunya about the pact he made with Vanessa but the inner voice stopped him from doing so, Nchimunya was going through a lot already, hearing that would break her more.
    A week went by with no word from Vanessa meanwhile Vanessa was still at the hotel. . One late afternoon, Vanessa went out to get a new Sim, she quickly went through her phone, she got the prisoner warder's number, changed to the new Sim and called him. . To her amazement, Nathan was released two days before. On the day of his trail, all charges were dropped, he was set free. Vanessa realized how selfish she had been, she dialed Nathan's line, it rang thrice without a response. . An hour later Nathan called back.
    "Hello, I found missed calls, who is this?"
    "Hey Nathan, its Vanessa."
    "My love, where are you? Are you okay? Everyone is sick worried about you."
    "I am alright Nathan, how are you? I called the prison warder, he told me they acquitted you."
    "Yes they did, there was no evidence to charge me so the judge dismissed the case, where are you?  I am coming to pick you."
    "Sorry but I wish to be left alone."
    "But why honey, even me? You do not want anything to do with me? What have I done? Do you know how much I missed you? Your face was the first image I wanted to see when I got out. . We have been moving from one place to another looking for you, why are you angry at all of us for no reason. What have we done? Baby i miss you, I want you here."
    "I miss you too."
    "Let me see you, is anyone holding you against your will?"
    "No I am fine."
    "If you love me, come to my home and see me."
    "Okay I will be there, just promise you won't tell my family not even Michello that we spoke."
    "I promise, just get here, I need to see you."
    Vanessa debated whether to go and see Nathan, on Second thought, it was selfish of her to hide from him, he was her boyfriend, moreover he had nothing to do with it, he was facing problems of his all. All she ought to do was to be there for him at the time of his worst.
    Vanessa called for a cab, it came in less than twenty minutes.
    Vanessa went to Nathan's house, she could tell from how he was looking that he was in a mess, Nathan was thrilled to see Vanessa, he hugged her, next thing their lips were locked to each other, they were all over each other kissing and caressing, one thing led to another, it was too late to stop it. They ate the forbidden fruit. It was a night to remember."

    "Good morning baby princess, wake up you sleepy head."
    "Its morning already."
    "Breakfast is ready."
    "Breakfast in bed, how wonderful."
    "I am at your service, all you have to do is stay here, I am your cook for today."
    "Thank you."
    "Do you mind talking out your problems?"
    "What?"
    "What has caused you to neglect your family, hide from your friends, abandon work and shut yourself from the whole world."
    "We can't talk now maybe later."
    "If you say so, I will leave you to eat before the food gets cold."
    "I am on it."
    Nathan was a blessing from up above, what would Vanessa do without him. Vanessa had her breakfast and later went to shower. Nathan was in kitchen preparing lunch, he forbid Vanessa from entering the Kitchen. Vanessa sat on the couch in the TV room, she heard voices coming from outside followed by a loud knock on the main door. "Where is that wolf in sheep's clothing? I will deal with her." Nathan came from the kitchen as he too heard the noise.
    "Where is that noise coming from?"
    "I don't know, you check it."
    "Let me check."
    Nathan opened the door,  Nchimunya pushed Nathan and went inside, she was burning with anger. Nchimunya spotted Vanessa, she jumped on her. Nathan stepped in to separate the two.. Nchimunya was ranting threats, she got a knife from her bag, she was about to stab Vanessa, Nathan got in the way and tried to save Vanessa. There was blood everywhere.
    "Nathan!!!!!!!!"

    Part Eighteen (Final)

    "Nchimunya!!!! What have you done?" Shouted Vanessa.
    "Too bad for you Nathan, that was meant for Vanessa, why did you get in the way? Dam you!!!!"
    "Nathan! Nathan! My love talk to me, please my love, I can't loose you now that I have you.... No! No! No! No! No! Somebody help me! Nathan please talk to me."
    "What's with you? Now you are claiming Nathan to be your lover?" Nchimunya mocked Vanessa.
    "Shut up you ratchet fool, one word from you, you are dead."
    "Don't tell me to shut up, you slept with my man, how could you? I trusted you."
    "Is that what he told you? You are both fools, to hell with you two, I am glad you have found your match. . Lunatics marry lunatics, we can say the world is fair on that."
    Nathan was lying in a pool of blood, Vanessa ran up and down, she was confused, she  didn't know what to do. Aunt Jenny came in rushing.
    "I heard screams. What have you two done?" Asked aunty Jenny.
    "It was meant for Vanessa, poor Nathan he tried to be superman and it hit him instead." Replied Nchimunya.
    "What are you still doing? Let's take him to the hospital."
    "To the hospital you say? Yeah! Yeah! Let's take him." Vanessa said regaining her conscious.
    Aunt Jenny and Vanessa carried Nathan to the car, aunt Jenny drove like a mad woman, they were at UTH in no time. Nathan was put on a stretcher, the nurses carried him to the ICU. "Sorry mum, you are not allowed to be here, its strictly for medical personnel" the nurse said shutting the door on Vanessa. Vanessa cried on the door, "I can't loose him, God please help me." Aunt Jenny held her, she helped Vanessa stand to her feet, Vanny sat on the chair as they waited for news from the doctor. Vanessa could not hold herself, she cried her heart out. . Aunt Jenny was there to make sure she was okay. . After two hours, the doctor came to speak to them.
    "We are trying our best to save him, he lost a lot of blood because the wounds are deep, his condition is stable though its a 50/50 situation, expect the worst while hoping for best. He might make it, he might not."
    "Doctor, take my blood, take all of it as long as you save my Nathan, look at me, my life is a song of misery. That man is the only living truth in my life."
    "We assure you madam, we will do everything humanly possible."
    "Thank you."
    Vanessa slept on aunt Jenny's laps. Aunt Jenny saw how broken her angel was, she blamed herself for letting Nchimunya muniplate her. If only she hid Nathan's call of Vanessa being at his place then certain things could have been avoided. Now, Nathan was fighting for his life because of that foolish mistake. How was she going to tell Vanessa that she was the one who told Nchimunya were Vanessa was.. One wouldn't blame aunt Jenny, how was she to know that Nchimunya was preying on Vanessa, Nchimunya looked distort by Vanessa's disappearance and her concern looked genuine. The doctor came back.
    "Only two people are allowed to go in, please don't be emotional, be strong."
    "I am going." Vanessa stood up.
    "No, not you, you can't go in."
    "Why not, I am his girlfriend."
    "I understand, the more reason you can't go in."
    "What are you saying? This is my man we are talking about."
    "Can I have you madam and you young man." The doctor pointed at aunt Jenny and Jonathan.
    "Doctor I am going crazy, I have to see Nathan."
    "Not in this state, you have to compose yourself, be strong for him, you have to give him hope."
    "I am calm, I am composed, can I go in?"
    "You are not going there, you will see him tomorrow, go home and relax."
    "Why? We can't leave him alone."
    "We only allow nurses to look after patients in the ICU, if at all anything happens, we will call you."
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    The doctor led aunt Jenny and Jonathan to the intensive care unit. . Aunt Jenny almost shed a tear seeing Nathan connected to all those machines. He looked miserable, Aunt Jenny held hands with Jonathan as they said a silent prayer. Thereafter they were taken out.
    "How is he? Is he okay?" Asked Vanessa.
    "He is fine, let's go home, we get you cleaned up." Aunt Jenny replied.
    Everyone left the hospital, Nathan had two nurses beside him, Vanessa could not bare leaving Nathan alone, the hospital rules sucked.
    "Where should I take you? Your house or mine?" Asked Aunt Jenny.
    "Take me to my house."
    There was silence in the car, when they got to Vanessa's house, aunt Jenny tried to enter but Vanessa chased her.
    "What is it darling?"
    "Do not darling me, I hate two faced animals."
    "Do you realize who you are talking to?"
    "Ain't you aunt Jenny."
    "Sweetie what happened to you, you have changed all of a sudden."
    "You were close with your sister, I am sure you knew her deadliest secrets, she couldn't have gone with them to her grave without telling anyone and being the closest, she should have told you."
    "What are you talking about?"
    "Who is my father?"
    "Your father? Sweetheart what are you saying? Off course Hamambo is your father."
    "Don't play dumb with me, you know what am talking about."
    "Why would you say a thing like that, you are your father's child."
    "One more lie from you and you are out of here."
    "Who fed you with those lies, Hamambo's blood flows in you."
    "Ohhh really!!!! Get out, I don't wanna see you again."
    "I don't know what you are talking about? My sister never said anything."
    "Why do my instincts tell me you know more."
    "I don't have a clue."
    "Get out of my yard!!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Okay! okay! I will tell you the truth but hear me out."
    "Thank you, go on."
    "You are not a Hamambo."
    "Finally, we are getting somewhere, who am I?"
    "You are my child."
    "Say what! Stop playing games with me."
    "You are my daughter, I am your mother."
    "Aunt Jenny, what are you saying?"
    "I gave birth to you."
    "But how?"
    "I had you while in college, I was gang raped by some thugs, later I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to abort but my sister refused. She asked me to keep it and give you to her as soon as I put to bed, they got you and took care of you like you where their very own. We promised to keep it a secret and never mention it to a soul."
    "You waited this long to break the ice? You are heartless, first you gave me away like a piece of gabbage then pretend to be my aunt all this while."
    "I am sorry, I was young, naive, hurt, traumatized and confused, you don't expect me to make the right decisions."
    "I was better off being my mother's child from a different father not being your child, I never saw this one coming. I hate you and I will never forgive you, you disgust me."
    "Forgive me honey, I am very sorry. I promised my dying sister that I would never tell you the truth. Please I beg you, I am on my knees."
    "A mother is suppose to love her child no matter the circumstances but you gave me away."
    "I gave you away because the pain was too much, you reminded me of the pain I went through."
    "Jenny I loved you as an aunt, I can never love you as my mother."
    "I am sorry, I hope you forgive me."
    "There is nothing to forgive, leave my house!!!!."
    Vanessa's life was a Nigerian movie, finding out that she was aunt Jenny's daughter broke her heart. . .She changed all the locks to her house, she took back aunt Jenny's Jeep and got her BMW.
    Seconds turned to minutes, minutes turned to hours, hours turned to days and days turned to weeks.
    Nathan was in hospital for six weeks. Vanessa visited him all the time, she had great news for Nathan, she waited until he was out. Nathan was descharged from the hospital, however he asked Vanessa for some time and space to be alone. Vanessa had no option but to abide to Nathan's request and stay away from him. .
    "I am sorry Vanessa but I need time to be alone, I need to sort myself."
    "I understand."
    "What have you been eating? You have grown fat, please watch your diet."
    "Hahahaha I will."
    "We are still friends though."
    "Yeah, friends right?"
    "Thank you."
    "You are welcome."
    Even though it was painful, Vanessa played it cool. There was so much pain in her life, too much bad omen around her, the little one inside her was not to be subjected to any suffering. . It was innocent and didn't have to suffer for its parent's mistakes.. . Vanessa decided to leave town and go somewhere to start a new life with her unborn child but first she needed to settle pending issues. She quit work at the firm, after submitting her resignation letter, she drove to Nathan's house. There was a woman by the name of Sheila and Nathan introduced her as his girlfriend.
    "Sheila this is Vanessa, Vanessa this is Sheila."
    "Nice to meet you Sheila."
    "Nice to meet you too."
    "I have to go, do you mind if I talk to you outside." Vanessa asked Nathan.
    "Sure no problem."
    Nathan and Vanessa stepped out to talk.
    "You have gained, what have you been eating?"
    "Nsima, what else."
    "I hope you are not offended about Sheila, actually she is my ex. We are trying to work things out."
    "Its alright, I understand."
    "Sorry things couldn't work out between us."
    "Its alright, anyways I came to tell you that I am leaving the company."
    "Why? Is it because of me?"
    "No, I just want to start afresh."
    "That's good, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors."
    "Thank you for not pressing charges on Nchimunya"
    "It's not worth it, we all make mistakes."
    "I have to run along."
    "We will miss you."
    "Bye."
    Vanessa failed to tell Nathan that she was pregnant with his child, she didn't want to ruin his new happiness. Something puzzled Vanessa, Sheila's face looked familiar, Vanessa was sure she saw Sheila from somewhere, she just wouldn't recall where.
    From Nathan's house she drove to aunt Jenny. Mutinta ran to her, they hugged and giggled as they went inside the house.
    "Aunt, come see who is here."
    Aunt Jenny couldn't believe her eyes. "Excuse us Tinti."
    "Okay sis."
    "Hey, you are okay?"
    "I am alright, what's up? You have lost weight."
    "And you have gained."
    "Hahaha everyone keeps telling me that."
    "You have gained so much weight."
    "Well, its because there is a grandchild on the way."
    "What? Honey, you are pregnant?"
    "Yes mother, I am pregnant."
    "Did you call me mother?"
    "Yes, you deserve it, you are my mother, sorry for hurting you, please forgive me. You have always been a mother to me, I shouldn't have brushed you off like that."
    "Its alright honey, I forgive you, if you don't mind me asking, who has made my child this heavy?"
    "Nathan."
    "The Nathan I know?"
    "Yes mother."
    "Congratulations honey, I didn't know you two were an item."
    "We were but not anymore."
    "Does he know about the little one?"
    "He doesn't know and it better stays that way."
    "I want to leave town."
    "Why? Who will take care of you and my grandchild?"
    "We will be fine."
    "I can't let that happen."
    "Please mother, for once allow me to be a woman."
    "If you say so but I will be visiting every day."
    "You are welcome."
    Mutinta was happy to hear the news of her sister's baby.  Vanessa had her happy family again. That evening as she was packing, Michello, David and little Sifiso paid Vanny a visit.
    "Hey you."
    "Hey Butah."
    "Someone is here to talk to you." Begged Michello.
    "David." Exclaimed Vanessa.
    "Vanessa, can we talk?" Asked David.
    "Hear him out." Pleaded Michello.
    "David I already did my research, I know you are not Chellah."
    "How did you know?"  asked David.
    "I had been following your every move, you are definitely not my Chellah, you may be Chellah's identical twin but some features are different. You are darker, Chellah was light. Chellah had a mark on his left chick, you don't have it, the voice, its totally different."
    "OMG!!! Thank you so much." said David.
    "Butah, we have some news for you."
    "What is it?"
    "You see, God brought Michello to me for a good purpose. Sifiso is Chellah's son." David broke the news to Vanessa.
    "How?"
    "He is my late cousin's child, few years ago I learned of the passing of my cousin. I was told she left a son, little did I know this child would have a connection to all of us." Narrated Michello.
    "My love, come here, now you have two mothers and a sibling."
    "A sibling." Michello asked with a shocked face.
    "I'm four months pregnant."
    "Jesu!!!!!!! You? Pregnant?"
    "Yes Butah."
    "Son of a ........! Who is the stubborn son of the soil that did this to you?"
    "Quiet, not in front of the child."
    "Okay! Please gist me now."
    "What's that on your finger?"
    "Yes! Yes! David asked me to marry him and I said yes."
    "What!!!!! The ring is beautiful."
    "Forget that, update me on your baby bump."
    "What do you want to know?"
    "Girl, who put that beautiful seed in you? Ohhh I can't wait to be called aunt Michello, is it a girl or boy? When is the baby shower?"
    "Michello, for the love of God, take your time. One question at a time."
    "Point of correction, aunt Michello, have respect ala."
    "Kikikikikikikiki aunt Michello, I like that."
    "When are you due?"
    "November."
    "You and I are going on maternity leave."
    "You are mad."
    "Aunt in the making, I have to make sure mother and child are in perfect health."
    Aunty Jenny, Michello, Mandy and Mutinta made a surprise baby shower for Vanessa. . Nchimunya was present, she excused herself to talk to Vanessa.
    "I am sorry for all the pain I cost you, please forgive me for attacking you, Jason confessed everything after you had disappeared. Nathan called aunt Jenny to tell her you were with him, aunt Jenny called to tell me. That's the day I came to Nathan's house to attack you. I know you and Jason were once a thing, aunt Sophia sent Bertha, Jason's cousin to send him mails that you where cheating on you, the reason he left you. Aunt Sophia connived with Bertha to set me and Jason on a date, they are the master mind behind everything."
    "It's alright sis, we remain strong as sisters, nothing and no one will break us apart."
    "By the way I filed for divorce, I can't go on with a marriage built on lies."
    "Don't say that, work things out with Jason."
    "I have tried."
    "No you haven't."
    "Try harder, despite Jason being an idiot, he does love you."
    "Sis!!!"
    "Don't sis me, promise to work things out with your hubby."
    "I will."
    "Let's go open the presents."
    The baby shower went on perfectly, everyone was happy, Vanessa's baby brought about joy and happiness.
    Vanessa moved to Ndola, Mutinta and aunt Jenny accompanied her.
    Nathan on the other hand wasn't happy, he missed Vanessa so much. Sheila continued being a good girlfriend until things felll apart. . The truth finally came out, Sheila was the mysterious woman behind Nathan's incarceration. She did that so as to frame Vanessa after learning from reliable sources that Nathan was falling in love with Vanessa thus she played her cards well. She further lied to Nathan after his release and bribed people who claimed Vanessa paid them to have Nathan jailed that being the reason to Nathan's sudden change in behavior. Nathan chased Sheila out of his house and set out to apologize to Vanessa and get her back.
    Sheila was the woman in a Mercedes Benz that bribed constable at Matero police station.
    At Vanessa's house, Nathan found new occupants, they told him Vanessa moved out months ago. . Nathan went to Michello who refused to tell him about Vanessa's whereabouts. Nathan knelt down on his knees, Michello couldn't take it, she told Nathan were Vanessa was and the house address. . Nathan went home, packed a few things and flew to Ndola. .
    He booked a cab to a house in Koppa Road on the given address.
    He inquired from the security guard by the gate to be sure Vanessa was the one living at the house in question and the guard confirmed, Nathan bribed the guard to let him in.
    Vanessa was home alone, aunt Jenny had gone back to Lusaka, Mutinta was out to get groceries. Hearing the knock on the door, a heavily pregnant Vanessa attended to the door. There stood Nathan behind the security guard. Seeing Vanessa pregnant Nathan's heart broke.
    "I guess I am too late hey? You have moved on and expecting."
    "What are you doing here?"
    "Congratulations, I wish you all the best with your new  man."
    "Thank you."
    "I am leaving."
    "Just like that?"
    "What is left of me? I have lost the only woman I truly loved because of my foolishness, I hope he takes care of you, tell him he is lucky."
    "What if he doesn't know how lucky he is?"
    "Then I will teach him a lesson so he knows how lucky he is."
    "I hope you teach yourself that lesson."
    "Wait! Wait! You mean when you and I did mmmmmmm, I mean when you and I made love."
    "Yes."
    "I am so stupid! Why didn't you tell me?"
    "I tried, the day you were descharged, I was to tell you but you pushed me away. The time I came to your house to tell you I was resigning, you broke my heart when you introduced Sheila as your girlfriend. Knowing what I put you through, I didn't want to ruin your new found happiness.
    "I am sorry baby princess, forgive this fool, everything is clear now."
    "Its alright, I was wrong by keeping this from you."
    Nathan went down on his knees, he held Vanny's bump, "hey I guess you are wondering who this jerk is."
    "Don't use harsh words."
    "My bad, yes angel as I was saying before we were rudely interrupted, my name is Nathan, I am your daddy. Sorry I missed out on eight months of your life in mummy's castle but I promise to be here when you come to this world. I love you and mummy more than anything." He kissed the belly, seems the little angel knew daddy was around, it started kicking.
    "Have you done the scan?"
    "No."
    "Why?"
    "I want it to be a surprise."
    "I hope its a girl."
    Days later, with Vanessa's family and friends present, Nathan asked for Vanny's hand in marriage. ..
    Vanessa put to bed to a beautiful baby girl, they named her Navaria. Only Nathan knows the meaning of that name. Nathan was the happiest man on earth. . Two months after the birth of their daughter, the two love birds wed.
    # Michello and David are set to marry this spring, little Sifiso's other name is Chellah.
    # Nchimunya and Jason settled their differences and are living happily.
    # Mutinta was a awarded a 100% scholarship, she is in Denmark studying law, it turns out she is dating Jonathan, who saw that one coming?
    # Aunt Jenny reconciled with her hubby and her children.
    # Sheila was never heard off, she disappeared without a trace.
    # Lucy and Cox married last year.
    Aunt Sophia and Aunt Mary were involved in a road accident on their way from Monze, aunt Sophia died on the spot. Aunt Mary sustained a broken leg and arm. . Later the other leg was amputated, it couldn't heal from the injuries.
    The End

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