One Week Later
My life had gotten really hectic with school work since that day so not much to write about. When Neo had played that song I had thought his mother was dead for sure but she was not. She was sick yes still sick though does not mean dead! I had misread that when played the song. That was a week ago. Today she was still in hospital but was doing much better. I had also written my last exam this week so a lot had missed. With all the studying I had to put in there was not much drama going on. Khanyi and I had not been really talking but with Dubai this weekend I had to go make up with her. She too had had a hectic schedule but now we were both free.
Finally it was official, my December was starting, and a bit late yes but it was starting. Sam had not been blowing up my phone in respect for the exams so as soon as I tell him I was done I knew he would want to see me.
I said as I knocked on Khanyi’s door. I had chosen not to call her first because I did not want to risk her not picking up.
“I slept so late am exhausted!”
She said when he opened. She was not kidding either!
“Did you go out last night?”
I asked her as I could smell a hint of alcohol on her.
“Yes I did!”
“Wow and you didn’t tell me?”
I asked her very surprised at that.
“You were writing dude. What could I do? If I had told you I was going out would you have come with? No!”
She said answering rather rudely as she went to lie down again. In all the time I have known Khanyi, exams or not she had always called me to come. It was her thing; she had no boundaries on that.
“Are you ready for Dubai?”
I asked her trying to get straight to the point.
“I thought you don’t want me going out with your people. I have made peace with it!”
She said. I was a bit stunned because yes I did not expect her to be jumping up and down with joy considering that since the fight things hadn’t been so smooth.
“No come on Khanyi, how can we be best friends if we don’t have differences. You always say the worst thing is a fake friend and now that something hurt me it becomes like I don’t appreciate you!”
I told her.
“Ok then but how do you think I am trying to steal your man though? Come on Palesa, it’s me you friend who goes into the worst places with you just to hold your hand!”
She said which totally didn’t make sense to me. What worst places? I was not a shady person so there were hardly any occassions where I put us in any sort of compromised places. If anything, she had just described herself.
“I am sorry ok. It was not supposed to come out like that. Maybe I was harsh in how I dealt with it but some conversations no matter how you bring them up are never easy.”
I explained to her. She sat up this time and smiled,
“I am glad you came though because I missed you hey. Partying without you yesterday felt so awkward and guess what, I met those guys we met at MASH’s last night!”
She said. I did not remember them but I smiled politely and asked,
“How are they?”
I could not even remember their names. I think she meant the guys we met when we went out and they drove us home.
“They are good. I think I might be getting a boyfriend soon!”
She said with a big smile on her face.
“I have a headache though, please pass me my painkillers!”
“I thought we agreed that after every night of drinking we drink two painkillers before we sleep to prevent the hangover sickness?”
I asked her. She is the one who had drilled that formula in me and I can truly testify that I had never had a hangover since.
“Anyway there is another problem we have with Dubai?”
She said and here we go again. Sucking up to someone is hard people and I think all my sucking up juice had run dry already.
“Yes what is it?”
She asked me.
“We need to move out of res and if we go home how do we justify that we not at home?”
She asked me.
“Remember I told you I asked my dad. By the looks of it he never asked Grace if it was true or not that we going because he never brought it up again.”
I reminded her.
“I know that but that’s your dad. I know I am at war with my parents but I can’t just leave you know!”
She said and she was right. I had not thought that far. I had covered my own ass but had totally hung her out to dry.
“Let me call Sam!”
I told her. I was being proactive here as you can see. I never liked calling him though because I never knew who he was with at any given moment. I called Grace instead.
“Hey is he free?”
I asked her when she picks.
“He will be free shortly. He is meeting his wife right now. Is there something you need?”
She asked me. How did this girl do it though? You know what; women who smile at a married woman, act like all is well with her marriage meanwhile knowing that he is cheating, worse with kids are most certainly witches! These are the type that would leave you to die in the rain when they can help. I am not saying I was not grateful to her, believe me I was but it must take a very strong or devil heart to be able to pull off that smile.
“Yes I really would like to talk to him and oh yes, you know I don’t know his wife’s name because I have tried to Google her several times and I can’t find her by name!”
I told her a thought that had run past my mind at that moment.
“And I think it should stay that way. Just know that she uses her maiden surname as she too came from good money so she is powerful in her own right!”
She said shutting me down. Guess the devil has a heart in there someone I mean after all; he was an angel once right?
“Ok cool then you right. Don’t tell Sam I asked. Please tell him to call me!”
I told her trying to hide my annoyment at the fact that she had failed to answer that question which in my view was a good and fair one.
“What’s your plan?”
Khanyi asked me when I put the phone down.
“Well its simple really, I am going to ask Sam to rent us an apartment for December and January!”
I told her confidently. What kind of a blesser doesn’t get you an apartment? Had he no shame wanting to come see me at my house, my parents house at that and parking at the corner like he was a teenage boyfriend?
“Wow uhm will you be able to pull it off?”
She asked me.
“I don’t know but he needs to step up. I just have to be careful how I bring it up because if I appear greedy we won’t get it!”
We laughed at this as at least for now we were on the same page. She was happy again.
“Do you realize that to get that you will have to get laid first because he will be in a good mood at that point? He has not seen you in a while so it would probably work!”
She said. She meant it as a joke but at the same time it was a very realistic thing to say.
“Eish when you put it like that it makes me feel so cheap!”
I told her. I don’t know why every time Khanyi said something I felt she was judging me.
“No not like that but you know we need that apartment! Some girls are even getting cars out there and you don’t know how long you will be in Sam’s life so you need to cash in!”
She said as a matter of fact and macabre as that sounded,
She was right!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto (fb)
I am sorry to hear that you sick hope you get back to health soon.
I am 18 and I am pregnant with twins. I don’t even know where to start because I really messed up. The father of my children is my first cousin. Our fathers are brothers and this happened at a wedding party we were forced to attend together because our parents had to go to a funeral that weekend. They then asked him (21) to go represent them because he had a license and we had gifts so he drove. When we got there he got drunk and we had to sleep there! I got drunk too and next thing we slept together without a condom even. I am usually so smart but I don’t know why it never registered that I could take morning after but here I am now. My first choice is termination but he is refusing saying that much as we messed up “killing” twins is hectic! I don’t know what to do because the burden is on me! My mum already suspects I am pregnant and she is a religious woman so I doubt she will allow me to abort. I am even scared of what my father will do when finds out I am pregnant and worse, I am pregnant with his nephews kid! I am so scared! I really need advice on what to do next because I messed up.