You know when you break up with someone you tell yourself all the things you will never do with that person. You swear to stay far away from them. When you have a kid with them and you work you tell yourself that you will not them to contribute in the child’s welfare until that moment Nhlanhla Nene says repo rate. You don’t even know what that is but you know your salary alone won’t cover it! You have a problem, a big one! You tell yourself that fuck it, you didn’t get pregnant by yourself the bastard must pay! Mmmm, the story is changing slightly right? Worse if you see he is posting up happy pictures with other women on Facebook you want to comment and say “after the bottle of moet you just bought those ladies ska lebala go reka pamphers tsa ngwana!” You don’t find baby daddies on Instagram, they are too backward and pictures expose, facebook on the other hand is their home! With that said I was curious, I can’t help it, I was curious to know what he wanted to tell me. It was long overdue me and him having this conversation.
I called my girl we had a lot to talk about. Firstly I wanted to know about Lunga!
“I met the bosses son today! Girl he is the hottest thing on two legs. Tell me more about him!”
I asked her. I know how she responds when does not want to seem interested.
“He is a doosh! What do you mean he is hot? That little boy! He is such an idiot! Don’t be fooled by the physique because he is a child in mentality! I bet you anything he tried to hit on! Damn moron!”
Oh My God! She was lying. That’s what she does! She was lying! Wow! When Aurelia lies she makes the situation sound really bad just like she was making him sound like the devil!
“Last time I saw him he was with two different girls! He is a womaniser and a drunkard!”
She went on and on for about ten minutes on why he was so bad. She was definitely screwing him like wow! Serves that old guy right though pretending he can keep up with the stamina of a young lady. I didn’t sympathise with him one bit because he had a wife so he must feel the pain. The day he finds out it will break him that much I can guarantee.
“There is something else I want to tell you!”
“Mudenda broke up with Meladi!”
I said with glee. She responded immediately and said,
I was stumped. I wanted to ask her if this was not the best news she has heard ever but the way the so was cold I was not even going to dare to bring it out. Isn’t this always how things go though, your friends hate your ex more than you do. No matter what good thing he does they will remind you of how rotten he is. Eish, I wanted to tell her so badly how happy I was but I had to watch myself. Maybe she was right, Mudenda has a way of disappointing you meaning that I could have high expectations and he won’t show up! That’s what he does, ok I lie, I don’t remember him ever doing it but oh well, I felt it.
“How was your first day at work?”
Aurelia asked. I had forgotten all that. I was not sure how to respond because it could also have been a double edged sword as I know for a fact she hated the fact that I had taken the job. I played it down and told her I was grateful to her because without her my son would starve. She didn’t really like the thank you and brushed it off. I had betrayed her somewhat but I needed this so badly!
My mother called and said she was going to sleep at a night virgil for one of her colleague who had passed away. She sometimes did that. Nurses die almost as many as teachers and that’s saying a lot and HIV honestly has finished these two professions. Weird I know! Mudenda called and said he was ten minutes away. I told my sister I had a date with a guy I had met and she was all too happy for me to go because she knew I never went anywhere. She said she was expecting Kagiso in any case so it was a good time for me to be away. It meant she was going to get laid definitely, in her mother’s house! I had never done that! When he was outside he called? My sister wanted to run to the window to see whom it was but Amo cried at that moment! She had to go to her and I immediately ran out. I did not want her to see who I was with. She would be so angry.
He said with I am not sure what was a smile or what?
“I see your bought a new car I never saw this before!”
I responded but did not compliment it. Was he here to show of for his new car? He said it was a gift from his father that’s all and emphasised that he could not afford it even now. All baby daddies do that! The moment they know that you see he is making money he looks for an excuse to make sure that you don’t ask for any of it because God forbid you could end up feeding his child with it! The tragedy that is men! Sies!
“Where are we going?”
I asked him. He was driving with purpose and. By the looks of it we were going to Monte Casino which was not too far from my house!
“We need a place to talk!”
He said casually.
“Monte is too loud and am not dressed for it!”
I told him and it’s true I was not! I was not shabby because of the work clothes but it was too crowded. We agreed that we can just sit in the parking lot and honestly people gamble all days of the week. It was packed as usual and the funny thing is, there are these middle aged to old women who come to the casino to just come look at people gamble! It’s so creepy but who is judging. We found a quiet corner where the overhead light had blown out so it made it dark.
Mudenda was not sitting comfortable because his phone was at a funny angle. He took it out but because he held it by the touch screen it dialled. He didn’t see it neither did I.
“I am sorry for how I have behaved towards you. I don’t deserve your forgiveness and to be in this car with you right now. I made so many mistakes with you and I don’t know what I was thinking!”
“Meladi was a mistake! I was so angry when I thought you cheated with me that I fucked her at the party the first time. It meant nothing at the time she was just meant to hurt you I am sorry!”
“But what do you want from here?”
I asked him.
“I have missed doing this,”
He said, and he moved closer and he kissed me! He put his hand on my thigh and I just released a moan….
That’s when I heard in the back, in the silence,
“Hello, hello, Mudenda! Hello!”
He heard it too and he jumped up!
He screamed as he picked up the phone!
“Baby! Baby! Shit I am so sorry! It’s not what you think!”
He had lied about breaking up!
******The End ******
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto (fb)
Thank you Mike and The Team for the amazing work i have a problem and if i dont get help i will end up miserable and dead.i know to some this may seem useless.i am 26 and have one child growing up i was a very smart child and always came out top 3 in my class.my dad was a very cultural man and would always perform rituals for me growing up i did not understand why but now i do. Im a child that was chosen by the ancestors to become a spiritual healer. my father passed away in 2004 and my problems began i started being a very rude person ant very mischievous at home some people may not believe or understand this but if u are chosen and have not accepted your calling the ancestors can be a burden and make your life hell.i matriculated and went to college where i was top of my class on the very last semester i failed miserably because i was constantly tired and no matter how hard i studied i would forget what i had studies i would completely stare at one place for the whole duration of the exam or scream and have fainting spells.i failed. I decided to look for a job because i no longer had money to o to school and didnt want to burden my mother since she was taking me to school and maintaining my son.i found a job at a retail and all was well for the first two months than after i would loose money( i was a till operator) everyone at work started hating me for no apparent reason (again the ancestors can make people dislike you ) i got fired after loosing a large sum of money.i met this guy and he understood my problem and took me to a healer he told me that i am supposed to be a healer and if i continue ignoring my calling i would not have a pleasant life a year into our relationship now i have tried all i can to accept my fate but each time i am suppose to go and perform the first ritual towards my calling (which is more like cleansing my ancestors so that they can be able to talk to me ) i loose money and my efforts remain in vain i am appealing to anyone who can help to please assist in raising funds for me to go and perform amagobongo to help me because in my family my mother is also tainted by my curse she has no way of helping me.it takes a village to raise a child.umuntu umuntu ngabantu(a person is a person bcz of others) please help if u have even a relative who happens to be a sangoma or can help in raising funds so i can o cleanse and accept my calling please lens me a helping hand i dont a to end up crazy and unable to care for my son but that is what i will be if i dont get help .as it is i forget things and misplace things .