I know it’s a harsh thought to think of killing someone but with what they had put me through over the last months I wanted revenge. It was no longer just enough just to walk away. Everything I had done to this point had me apologizing or backing down. There was no way I was going to let Asthandile walk away with my money. No! That would be very presumptuous of her if she thought I would. You see, a lot of people do not respect intellectuals as people who can survive on the streets. We are push overs at best that’s why they do not take us seriously. Not this time! I was hurt and I was angry. I am not naive to the consequences but I felt that these two women were setting me up. Everything that had happened so far seemed to be designed to draw me to a certain conclusion. They wanted me to ask for the divorce. Khanyi standing in front of me ratting out her friend just seemed too well orchestrated for me. If I went to that house I knew now I could hardly control my temper. I would end up in prison.
I told Khanyi that it was fine she can stay there with her. I was not her enemy and I was not going to start treating her like that. Khanyi gave me that look where I could see she wanted to ask if I was stupid or something. She was right! I was stupid but I was no longer going to play my cards open the way I always had. I told her that Asthandile was a grown woman and loving her should not be the death of me. I told Khanyi that one day she will fall in love, truly in love and that will be the day she will understand why my intention was never and will never be to harm Asthandile. She came and sat down next to me and joked at how I had aged since the last time she saw me.
There was someone at the gate. It was Sean some guy I knew who was a mechanic. I had called him to come check out the car. I did not trust my wife so much that I had to check if the brakes were still and so on. I went outside with Khanyi to watch him work. My wife had not done a lot of damage though so the car was fine. He put in new spark plugs as well because she had removed two. At least tomorrow I will go to work not hanging out of a train. When he left Khanyi walked me back into the house. She asked me if she should make me something to eat and I declined.
Usually when you have problems at home the first thing that suffers is your work. Relationships just make you not function well when you go back to work. If you lose your job you blame evil spirits for giving you bad luck when it was you who failed to separate home from work. With that said Dalu had been right that I had been slacking off at work and it was starting to show. I did not need to lose my job too over and above everything I had lost lately. I told Khanyi that not today, I needed to work so I showed her to the door. When we got there she turned around and she kissed me. I didn’t touch her or grab her ass like how most guys kiss. I acted as though I was not interested. She looked me in the eye, squinted a little then said she thought I needed that. I closed the door as soon as she turned and didn’t even bother watching her leave! I went to my library and started to work. Trying to concentrate on one thing though when you have so much on your mind is so hard but after an hour of trying I got it.
In the morning I got a call from my bank firstly checking up on me after I collapsed inside one of their banks and secondly asking if my money had been stolen. I explained that my wife and I were going through a divorce and she had cleaned me out. They said there was now foul play therefore because we had a joint account so tbere was nothing the could do to help. I understood what they were saying and I told them that. When the bank man hung up it just felt as though the world was sucking me in. At least my wife’s car was moving again. I got in and got to work at 7am. In a law firm you are hardly ever the earliest though but that’s fine. My boss came into my office and closed the door behind him. He told me that yesterday he had felt that I had let him down. He asked me if there was something happening in my personal life because this was very much unlike me. I explained to him that this was a once off thing and I will put everything else behind me. The thing with having a white boss is that to them your work comes first screw your family but if it’s one of them they say, ‘take all the time you need’. Yes I know I went there but won’t go further. I briefed on the case yesterday and because I had hardly slept I had my case law on point. It was a case we could not take because it was not a winnable case. Moreover some of the people we will be going against I discovered were loyal clients of ours so the conflict of interest would be too great. My boss though impressed by my work was annoyed at the fact that the big shark we had always wanted to represent would not be ours. He even walked out angrily.
Left to my own I told myself I will have the same routine as I always have. I was not going to fall apart. If those police officers had a recordings of me then I could have recordings of them trying to bribe. In law sometimes we hire people to do surveillance for us to conclude a case or beef up the evidence. I knew a guy so I called him. He was in my office within the hour. I gave him keys to my house to go do his thing. A lot of people think these things are only found in movies but that is so not true. He brought back my keys and told me that everything was in place. He gave me a remote to just press when I needed to start the system. I felt like James Bond black cousin!
As I was smiling now because I had a plan five people walked into my office, three I hated and two I loved with all my heart.
It was Asthandile and her parents! What the fuck were they doing here now? If it was on any other day would have called security and please let my boss not see them!
Behind them were two others that made me smile and say in shock,
“Mama,tata nenzani apha?”
“Mum, dad…what are you doing here?”
And to be fair they looked angry as he’ll. My mother is legendary when it comes to causing a scene!
O the shame!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto
Hey Mike and readers. I’m in a very difficult situation. I’ve been dating my bf *Thabiso* for 3years now and we do have our ups and downs as a couple BUT every time we fight we fight about the same thing and it’s really boring me now. He’s 6years older than me and I’m 21 by the way! I’m always with him on weekends and sometimes with my friends, I make time for him but now he’s telling me to stop seeing my friends and stop going out with them, that’s what we always fight about. I’ve been friends with the same people before I met him so what if we break up then I’m left alone with no friends? I feel like he’s now controlling…I refuse to give him wife benefits. I then met this other guy *Darren* 2months ago and I’m so inlove with him, he does everything my boyfriend doesn’t do, my friends said ever since I met *Darren* I’m happy and glowing… now I’m afraid I might fall out of love with my boyfriend of 3years for someone I met 2months ago. Is it possible to love 2people at once? What must happen now?