Missteps of a Young Wife

Missteps – Chapter Fifty Two

Thozama Mqikela


I wanted to scream, what the hell was going on here, my father had lied to me, when I brought Mthobisi to meet him he had acted like they had never meet before, asked him a bunch of question and now he was telling me he knew his father, this man is unbelievable. I had so many questions to ask, my sister came back and I didn’t want her knowing my husband’s drama so I stopped asking a lot of questions, how I wished I had gone alone. Mthobisi called me on my sister’s phone he wanted to know where we were cause he was home, I told him we were having brunch with my dad but we’ll be leaving soon.

I told my sister I would be driving us home, my mom had picked up my sister’s kids from after care and all the kids were playing with my husband when we got home, they were having so much fun we decided not to interrupt them. I wanted a word with my mom in private anyway, my sister went back to her packing I cornered my mom in the kitchen, I told her how much I love her and how I look up to her I told her to stop protecting me from the truth, I am now a grown woman and can handle the truth I asked her to tell me why did she leave my father, she said I know why, our father choose a younger woman over her, I looked at her in the eye and told her that’s not what he said today. My mother was so shocked she said “what did that fool say”. I had to find a very nice and polite way to say this, I wanted to find a way to disarm her, make her open up without realizing it, that takes skills, I asked “was he involved in criminal activities?” my mother asked how did I know that, I didn’t but yeah keep talking mommy I thought, I said “I think I married someone who is like him.” You know how they say girls always marry someone who is exactly like their father, well that was my reality and the worst part is I didn’t even know what my father was. My mother shook her head and said “I have sat with Mthobisi and studied him, he is nothing like your father, you have a good man who loves and cherishes you, don’t ever think like that my angel” I could see she was about to cry, so I decided to let this go. There will be other days. I changed the subject and told her we will be moving back to our place the next day, we had invaded their space enough, she told us to stay as long as we wanted and wanted to know what have we decided on about the baby I said I don’t know, in fact I was starting to believe that this baby and ceremony shit were just bringing me all this bad luck, maybe that’s why my life has been so bad lately, maybe if we actually do this ceremony things will get better.

The next morning I was not going to work since I had already called in the day before there was no need and besides if I went back after a day people will think I was faking it, so it’s best to stay home for 2 days. Mthobisi said he would also not be going to work, he was really concerned about his mom and said we should go and visit her, I was not keen I asked him to call her first in case she is at work or something, I was hoping and praying that she would pull her usual stunts and not answer his calls, damn she answered, she said she was around Joburg and would come and see us at my mom’s place, she also wanted to give me and invoice for her car windows, that woman is so loud I could hear her over my husband’s phone but I’m sure she intentionally wanted me to hear that part. We packed our things and a few minutes later Mthobisi’s mom arrived. My sister had packed up hers and her kids clothes and left went back to her crazy husband, my mom and Victor were at work so it was just the nanny and my son and us in the house. I decide to be the bigger person, this war had gone on for way too long. We had to sit down as adults and discuss this situation, fighting was not going to solve anything. I told them that as angry and upset as I was about this situation this was more than just about us, there was an innocent child involved in this, that child is sick and needs help and if doing that ceremony meant saving a child’s life then we all have to put our differences aside and save that child’s life by doing a ceremony. I told them that since we stay in a complex we will not be doing the ceremony there our neighbors would call the SPCA on us, so we will do it at my mother in laws house, I asked her if she was okay with that she said she was more than okay, I told her I would be there with my husband by my side at all times and if he even looks at that Katlego woman then he will see flames, Mthobisi quickly promised that he will not speak to her or do anything with her, I told him that if that woman wants anything she will speak to your mother and I looked at his mom and said “and I will appreciate it if you passed it on to me and not your son”, she looked at me and said but he’s the father and I replied and I’m his wife, we promised each other that we are not going to have secrets and if she is not going to stick to these conditions then we can drop everything now, she hesitantly agreed. She then said the child was very ill will it be okay if we hurried things up and did the ceremony this coming weekend, I said I was okay with that, Mthobisi also agreed. Talking things out is the best way out of many problems, if people can just sit down and talk things out a lot of wars could have been avoided, had she done this in the beginning instead of sneaking around we would have avoided all that mess of broken windows, I know I acted impulsive there, but sometimes war first and words later is necessary. Now everyone was happy, Mthobisi’s mom said she will phone Katlego to let her know the good news. She actually thanked me and gave me a hug. My husband said we should go buy a few toys for my son before we leave, we decided to go with my mother in laws car because it was already parked outside the yard.

We went to a small shopping center just out of Alberton, Mthobisi was driving, his mom said she would sit at the back so she could play with our son, they were bonding. We were all a happy family again, when we arrived at the shopping center Mthobisi’s mom said she will stay in the car with our son while we buy him toys, she didn’t feel like walking around, Mthobisi parked close to the entrance so we could do a quick in and out. I was happy with my son and mother in law staying behind cause once my boy gets in the shop he wants everything. We went to a toy store there and grabbed a few toy truck, cars and an aeroplane, my husband wanted to buy him a gun I gave his one sharp look and he put that toy gun down so fast, we went and paid and left as we were leaving passing a jewellery store I saw the most gorgeous watch ever, I love watches I showed it to Mthobisi and I said we should go in, the shop is owned by an Afrikaner Mr. Peterson, I went to the same school as his son, whenever he sees me he wants to chat up a storm, I avoid going to that store but on that day that watch just pulled me in, my husband reminded me of how this old man will just go on and on we’ve been to that store a couple of times so he knew, I told him, I will tell him we in a hurry, then I jokingly pulled Mthobisi into the store and he was acting like he is resisting going in, we were both laughing as we entered, there were 4 guys in the store this was not unusually the store is hardly ever packed, Mr. Peterson was behind the counter, I greeted him, his face was red but with white people they turn red randomly so you never know, I told him I was passing when I saw this gorgeous watch, now these guys in the store were moving around, my husband was standing behind me, with his arms around me he kept kissing my neck, Mr. Peterson said which watch was I interested in, it was on display I pointed it to him then he stood there didn’t move, I smiled and said “well can you take it out?”, he said “why?”, this old man was acting strange, I said because I want to buy it, he opened the display case his hands were shaking and on his left ring finger he was bleeding, “Oh my gosh Mr. Peterson you bleeding” I exclaimed, Mthobisi let go of me and shouted “FUCK” next thing I heard was a click-click sound of a gun being cocked by one of the guys we found in the store, he said to us “get on the floor and shut the fuck up” shit, we had walked into straight into a robbery, we got on the floor, they took the jewellery and money and walked out, as soon as they walked out Mthobisi and I stood up, Mr. Peterson turned his chair upside down there was a gun strapped to the chair, he pulled it out, my husband said to him “don’t do it man, it will end bad, let them go” do you think an angry Afrikaans man will listen to anyone, he ran out after them, a few seconds later we heard gun shots, and people screaming, we just sat there I was shaking so hard Mthobisi had to hold me tight, I was so scared, a few minutes later the gun shots stopped Mr. Peterson came back looking tired and defeated, we asked what happened he said he thinks he shot one of them but they got away. Mthobisi said how did he manage not to get shot cause there were so many gun shots that we heard we were worried that he would come back with a bullet somewhere in his body he said they were shooting at the parking lot and he was hiding in between cars. We heard the word parking lot and cars and didn’t even say a word to each other we ran out so fast to the parking lot when we got there my mother in laws cars had so many bullet holes; the windows that she had just replaced were completely finished, there was smoke coming out the car. Mthobisi put his hands in his head and screamed, I passed out!!

*****THE END*****
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Good Morning
Friends, South Africans and fellow countrymen please lend me your ears that you may hear, and your wisdom that you may understand… (I just had to lol)
We have come up with a new initiative which will benefit not only us but you guys as well. On every Sunday you can now send an sms to 36106 which will be charged at r5 only. This will unlock the next two chapters for you that are intended as the following weeks chapter. E.G. If Sunday I post chapter 52 it means you will now be sent a onetime pin to unlock chapter 53 and 54 and so on… For those who cannot afford please do not worry because the following weekend we will post the chapters as usual (as we have always done).

Thank You
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p.s. Please note this service is only available in South Africa. I apologize to all my international friends. God Bless

89 thoughts on “Missteps – Chapter Fifty Two

  1. This cnt be happening so we must pay now to read ur blog yhooo . Claps once, the least u could do is warn us Mr Maphoto #disappointed

  2. I’m also disappointed that we were not informed first about paying,#i was never ready for this. Now we should send an sms for each chapter?

    1. I have not stopped posting the blog for free. all I have said is that people will now be able to get the chapters intended for weeks in advance sooner. tomorrow chapter 50 will go up as usual whilst next week Saturday and Sunday it will be 51 and 52 and these will be free as usual. Nothing has changed. Its still the same process. Thank You

  3. So messed up dude, too messed up. I was gonna ask how i can buy the books but now its pay as u read i guess…gudbye it was nice while it lasted

  4. Ohh guys I’m disappointed in you for not knowing how to read. Mike posted in chapter 49 that if you want the rest of the chapters u can sms for R5 and u will get a code. It’s only R5 for 3 chapters he’s not asking for a million get over your stingy selves #aint nobody got time for your lame complaints. Tomorrow u can still have your free chapter. The man has been writing for years and never asked for a cent, give him a break.

    Annoyed with complaints for days…

  5. Aowa, nna a ke na le bothata ba go Patela, if he did mention it, I didn’t c it. Well le nna I’d love to get them on advance. Bjale le re where do I sms? Help Lekgema asomblief.

  6. Mike I am all for the new service, just hook me up with my well deserving 3 extra chapters for today. I am curious reader that’s why I didn’t hesitate to pay up. What bugs me is you are not addressing those of us with “invalid pins”, unless I missed that comment. An e-mail perhaps with the 3 chapters??? Or kindly say how can I unlock without smsing again. The wait is killing me-oh

  7. Tshidilicious,we are grateful about Mike’s work but most of us were/are confused about the sms thing. I for one smsed but I could only read chapter 49,so I don’t know if ngishawa technology or I’m using an old phone,that’s why I asked if I should send sms for each chapter.

  8. Tshidi is talking kak nje,how can you be disapointed in peaple who’d pay and not getting the service?instruction were too clear to can confuse any1 atlist that’s my take on it but wena just shut the fuck up nxa,and mike your pins are invalid how am I to access these chapters with an invalid pin?

  9. My pin worked well. Smsed, got a pin used it to open both 51 & 52. Now I wish I could get 53 & 54 today. Mthobisi’s mom and the kid 🙁 I hope they ok


  11. Tjo….le llela R5 ya 1’s off? How mean can u be..u guys have been reading from last year…

    Mike & Thozama..give us more chapters..some of us r willing 2 pay…

    Thank u & Stay Blesed!

  12. Hi Mike even though the whole pin and R5 thing was confusing @ first. I’m glad all is well and sorted out. Would like to thank u for letting me buy my way to the future while others will only see the next chapters next week…highly appreciated

  13. Thank you Mike & Thozama,I’ve read chapter 50,51 & 52,sorry about yesterday,it shows how we people don’t want to read. Keep up the good work.

  14. Totally agree with you Tshidiliouc! It very disappointing that we cant read simple instructions, and yet we call our selves readers! And some pips are complaining with R5 fee! Nokuthi wev been reading for free all this time and I didn’t hear anyone complaining. And to those who will stop reading mike’s blogs, hambani no one will miss your negetivity.

  15. I paid R5 for chapter 51 and 52 and read them. So i wanna understand that u pay R5 for 2chapters or 3. I see people talking about 3chapters and not 2. Or am I just confused. Please help!

  16. Hey Mike I don’t mind paying every weekened if it means getting to read edvance content but now my pin isn’t working for the last chapter so please fix that coz I love your work and I need to read this chapter now

  17. Thanks Thoz n Mike for these Premium chapters! Plz let the child live…Lee hs too much bad luck lately bt I trust Champagne will help!!! Mthobisi’s mom cn go n meet our maker for Lee to hv Mthobisi to herself!!! Gud ppl u r loosing out on good read bcz of R5???

  18. NB: PLEASE make the pin to b valid for the whole weekend plzzzz!!! Fellow readers copy n paste the chapters (to read at yo own pace) as the pins bcms invalid after few mins!!! Bengisho nje ukuvusa abalele!!!

  19. Hi Mike

    Great reads as always. It was high time that you offered our greedy reading habits a line and you have, if one wants to read upfront they pay if you want to wait because you don’t want to pay the miserly R 5 then wait for next weekend.

    I honestly thought I was going to go through hoops & pay R 10, etc but I paid one R 5 sms and was able to read all the chapters still to be posted using the same pin code. I think those who are struggling might be having an “allergic reaction” to paying hence they are having a mental block around how the whole thing works, just calm down and know you have an addiction and none is ever fed for free, pay up and let the story line get you high simple and straight forward. If you are still unable to dial 36106 and then type MISSTEPS please read the below steps:

    Step 1: Do not panic about paying.
    Step 2: Read the instructions slowly, where possible use a laptop it makes for better navigation
    Step 3: The same pin u use to access the first chapter, unlocks the 2nd one as well
    Step 4: If you don’t want to pay then do not diss Mike just wait for next week and get it for free.
    Step 5: Calm down and try re entering the 5 digit number you bought, if it does not work ask a “techie” to help. If all else fails send Mike a nice email. Do not cuss him out like people have been doing.
    Step 6: Enjoy the blogs like I just did, all went wonderfully.
    Step 7: You always retain the right to choose not to be part of the blog and you are not obliged to say you are leaving, just leave without displaying your anger, poor manners, etc. In other words GROW UP PEOPLE this not your blog RESPECT Mike & his obedient readers.

    Have a great week Mike and all your loyal, supportive readers!!!

  20. hai people are just used to free things. Just remember that its his time that he uses to write and he also has needs. So im in support of this premium **. I will support you till the end mike. great reading its like you are watching a movie

  21. thank you so much Mike for the great read. The R5 for the additional read is nothing really.

    people should read before they post anything. Te instructions are simple!!

  22. Hi guys pls assist coz I smsd n still I haven’t received a pin,m not sure if m doing sumthing wrong coz others have received their pins. Pls help Mikey!

  23. Whts wth descrimination Mike, am in Botswana nd am vry loyal to ds blog, mare u dnt treat us the same, I cnt buy Thandeka s diary nd u decided to end it, nw u mst pay for more chapters, du u thnk rona ga re btle the same service?? Ga ke rate tuuu

  24. So I got a pin to unlock the next 2 chapter and I was under the impression I will be getting chp 52& 53.However I only got 1 chapter which seems like it has parts of the story missing. Seriously peeved!

  25. Okay,Mike please guide us on what we can do for us who are not in SA.I’ll be patiently waiting for your response.thank you

  26. People are how kanti? U like complaining without fully understanding the initiative… so much for so called “readers” who cant comprehend a clear instruction. hayi nimuncu shame

    Those who used the pin once and it now says invalid… the pin is valid for only 2 entries so make sure u use it wisely. I also couldn’t read chpt 52 coz I first logged in in 52 testing the pin, went to first read 51, when I went back to 52 the pin was invalid…. but you don’t see me complaining

  27. Hahahahahahaha diz comments kills me hle! Mina nje will wait 4 next weekend am broke n Mike I wish I cn do more 2 appreciate ur hard work.
    Bantu yekelani ukulibele nocomplaina jus wait o pay! Easy

  28. people you must learn to read Mike did explain this before. beside he is not posting this blog for free he needs internet data.if you are too stingy to pay just R5 then wait until he post the free page there are lot of blogs you can read if you think paying R5 is a reap off.Yhooo that why black ppl will always be poor you Dnt want to pay. every thing must be free come on maan he also need something to motivate him to write more yhinni nkosi

  29. Iyhoo some people r so slow…! Hw many tyms did Mike explain to us dat its not a force to pay R5? If u r so stingy or can’t afford to pay R5 u have to wait!!! I believe he said “those wu can’t wait for da next chapter can sms n sms is charge R5. U could swear he’s swear he’s asking for R500. Even if he did charge us money it would be worth it! Stop being dramatic n be thankful dat there is someone out there wu is entertaining our boring lives for free…Geez

  30. Kwaaaaaaaa I like you Lisagal…. I think they will understand now. But I think the problem is paying R5

  31. Mike Maphoto…Please make a plan for us mo Botswana to pay for chapters in advance…..and thank you for a great read.

  32. Maybe I’m wrong but I feel that us people who are not paying the R5 are being forced to pay them because eversince this whole paying thing started chapters are posted later than what we were accustomed to, which is weired because the chapters are already there. I’m not saying post them ka 6, etc but we knew hore we would get our weekend dose around about 8-9

  33. Good morning Mike and to the readers,Mr Maphoto I would like to say most of ur readers here don’t know how to read basic English can u pls help them tu. I think this is the 3rd week u let us know that the SMS line is for those who want to read in advance, but ppl keep on commenting on why should they pay. I mean this thing is simple if u don’t wanna pay just wait for the following wknd like u did before

  34. Thoziesto & Mikeesto… You guys are legendary, the drama, the thrill of the next chapter, on and on. Love it.

    All the best ya’ll Missteps is the best book ever.

  35. Oh Lord no no no not the child please,let it be the mother in law who is shoot(joking)!!!!! Eish Mike now I’m worried *let me pray* Thank you

  36. OMG, this is so embarrassing, so yall who are complaining, is it a matter of not understanding or u are just stingy? Like really south africans love freebees bathong! N I dont get it y u say “good bey” while mike made it clear that hes gonna be posting chapters…emotional blackmail I see hehehe

  37. Good morning,

    Great read as always much appreciated, thank you. After reading most comments I should say it’s rather disappointing that most self confessed readers can’t actually read clear and easy instructions. People are quick to complain without knowing the facts. When someone joins the blog they never announce however when they want to leave the whole world should know. Please fellow readers lets respect and thank Mike for fee service for he is not getting any remuneration from us all.



  38. Pls help I smsed twice but didn’t get my pin, I’m using cell c, it seems like network ya cell c e nale bothata

  39. You guys are being so unfair Mike is not forcing anyone this for those who just can’t wait till next Saturday and sunday but if you can wait then wait don’t be writing unnecessary negativity please

  40. Oooh please ppl its R5 for heavens sake come on now jeeezz.Thanx Mike keep up the good work. Cheap ppl help them Lord

  41. Those who are complaining about paying clearly shows gore they can’t read simple basic English SEKHOWA isilingu haaaiii

    Anyway thanks Mike and Thozama for the Interesting read

  42. For people who read everyday you really can’t read properly. The payment is OPTIONAL meaning only those who want the extra episodes will pay. And so what if Mike was going to make you guys pay. Do you guys realise that Mike writes 3 books in a week, how do you guys think he makes a living him giving us this content for free is actually a favour I can’t believe you guys are being so selfish and even threatening to stop reading if you have to pay. This is why South Africans aren’t prospering cause we refuse to support each other. What if Mike was a struggling student who really needed the money you guys would pass up on an oportunity to read an interesting story cause you like getting freebies. Life just doesn’t work like that stop being inconsiderate. Please

    Great story Mike… Please don’t tell me the little boy is dead, just can’t handle dead children.

  43. Please people u must learn to read carefully, Mike cannot keep explaining the same thing over and over. Its getting old now. Thnx Mikey for the great read anyways.

  44. Yoh bathong you guys shud learn how to read and understand English, there really was no need for u to insult Mike shebathong iyoooo, nice read Mike I always look forward to your chapters on all 3 books,big up…..I really hope the boy and Grandma are okay

  45. from commenting about the book/story to now arguing about PINs? #kermit
    anyway it was a great read mike thank u very much… as I patiently wait for next weekend’s post 🙂 (sipping my rooibos)

  46. Yho Mikey, askies that those who can’t read are mean to you. Thank you for the blogs they really off the hock. If anyone should die, let it be the mother in law eish askies Mtho but I just can’t handle a death of a baby. Yho mara can i see the watch too, I am so inlove with watches even collect them!

  47. Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pple will die here Nkosiyami I jst pray the baby is not dead Mike please NOoooooooo not anada baby ul make us cry futhi ndoda? no plz

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