Did I even believe that she had been mugged?
Why was she telling me this only now and why the hell was she walking around with our mother’s letter in the first place! My sister had always been the weak one! She could never do anything on her own no wonder why she was a submissive wife.
“Why were you carrying the letter around?”
I asked her angrily.
“You don’t even ask if I am ok.”
She said to me.
“Of course not! You can’t be ok in the head if you can walk around carrying the last thing mama ever said to us in your hand bag in Jozi! How dumb are you?”
I asked her angrily of which she got angry and she pushed me so hard I fell.
“Mind how you talk to me! I am your older sister and you must respect me!”
She said angrily still. I stood up immediately and I pushed her back!
“Ok the older dumb sister, are you happy now? I am not getting married to save the house! I don’t even have someone willing to marry me so there! You are going to have to find yourself a new place to stay because that’s not happening!”
I told her angrily. Our voices were getting louder as our tempers rose.
“See that’s your problem Lungi you are selfish. You always think of yourself and mama always said it and you know it! That’s why no man wants to marry you; you never humble yourself enough to hear anyone else’s opinion!”
“Oh that’s well and good, at least I don’t have to watch my husband walk around with 19 year old because I could not keep a man in the house!”
I didn’t see it coming. She punched me on the nose so hard I flew in the air like they do on TV and landed on my ass.
“How dare you?”
She screamed. I could hear the pain in her voice as she asked that. I had really hurt her with that but there was no time to think as she was already on top of me beating me up. She had the element of surprise and much as I fought back she also had momentum.
“But it’s true! You act as though it’s perfect but it’s not! I don’t want to get married to end up like you! No thank you!”
I said driving the dagger in. She had really annoyed me and how dare she hit me.
“You look down on me because I am not as smart as you!”
She shouted at me and that not even the point I was trying to make but oh well this was a fight!
I responded angrily as the punches flew my way. I was just pissing her even more. Next thing I heard loud knocking on the door!
I heard Mam’Dolly’s voice and next thing she opened the door as it was not locked. Why is it I am always the one that gets called out and not my sister.
“Lungile what are you doing?”
Mam’Dolly said coming in between us pushing us apart. My sister was like a rabid dog and she still wanted more.
“She started it! She told me that the reason why I am back home is because I am a useless wife!”
She screamed angrily and broke into tears! See now I was the bad guy.
“She punched me first! I did not start the fight she did. She punched me and look I am bleeding!”
I told her. I had a nose bleed but not a hectic one. Nothing felt broken though thank God but still the sight of blood. I reached over to the sink and took a dish cloth and put water on it to stop the nose bleed. I guess this dish cloth now had to be thrown away.
“Your mother’s body is still warm in the ground and you already want to kill each other? Is this what you want? Is this what she wanted for her two daughters to tear each other apart like this! Shame on you really shame on you! You don’t deserve her as a mother. That was my best friend and she raised you right and this is how you honour her?”
She asked and next thing she too was crying. The drama of this woman really.
“She needs to learn to stand up for herself and not want everyone else around to do things for her!”
I said picking up my bag.
“You can’t leave with things like this!”
Mam’Dolly tried to advise me but I was done. I did not want to be with my sister anymore she made feel sick! If she thought I was going to get married to save her ass she had another thing coming.
“I am leaving. Don’t talk to me again. I am sorry Mam’Dolly!”
I apologized to our neighbour and I walked straight to my car and drove off. In the car things did not get better either. My sister had really crossed a line in throwing that first punch. I had every intention of blocking her off everything. She will see where she will get money from. My phone rang and it was Nthabiseng. Shit! I had forgotten to tell Nthabiseng that the money had arrived and I could not lie about it either because I am sure she knew as my lawyer.
I said trying to sound as cheerful as possible.
“I was meaning to call you hey just that my day got super hectic!”
I told her before she could even say anything.
“Mmmm I thought now that you a millionaire you don’t remember some of us little people!”
She said and we both laughed.
“I won’t be that kind of millionaire! This is money you can blow off in seconds if you with the right people!”
I told her and she laughed again.
“It’s true hey meaning I don’t have to warn you about being responsible in how you use it. Don’t do drugs!”
She said and we laughed together. It hurt to laugh though because my sister had punched me good.
“I won’t. I take it you also calling to ask for the legal fees?”
I asked her. Lawyers are probably the most strict when it comes to paying them back. They know the law and they use it to their full might. I am going to be honest with you lawyers are glorified debt collectors; they are the muscle for every one you have ever borrowed money from. It’s their thing. I am sure the filth was there when they took our land and still covering for them to this day.
“Legal fees? No my dear we already took our legal fees. That was part of the deal!”
“Uhm and how much did your firm take?”
I asked her.
She explained. What I did was stupid though not even reading the fine print.
“I need to give you back the money you loaned me for my mother’s funeral. You really came through for me at a tough time I owe you!”
I told her.
“I told you that money was not a loan. It was my contribution so you don’t have to give it back.”
She explained to me. I did not know what to say at this moment because I had the money to pay her back but she did not want it. She had done me right.
I told her.
“Anyway Friday drinks on you neh.”
She told me rather than asked me. It’s good to have friends you can rely on and friend who do not want to use you. We have all had our fair shares of those so called fake friends and for me Nthabiseng was not. Cindy let me down and look what happened? She was my best friend. My phone rang again and it was Simba.
“Hey are you still coming?”
He asked as soon as I picked up the phone.
“Oh wow do you doubt me?”
I asked him.
“I have been stood up before so I don’t think I ever want to experience that again!”
He said laughing.
“I am still coming. I have to go home first and change. I had a fight with my sister so I need to freshen up before I come for dinner!”
I told him. I guess I needed to tell someone and it happened to be him whom it came out to.
“Family drama is always heightened when you lose someone!”
He told me,
“But it’s ok though you will tell me all about it when you come over!”
He continued without pushing. I liked that about him. He had a way of not insisting on things whenever he spoke.
“Ok cool then!”
I told him. I drove home. As soon as I got to my estate I had this sudden chill. What if I had been followed or what if someone was waiting for me inside. This was a bad idea I should have stayed at Miriam. I could not go inside. I literally froze.
I said as I turned back. I could not go in. I drove straight for Simba’s. When I got to his place I buzzed.
Was his response.
I told him.
He said. He sounded very surprised at this.
“That was fast you must have been very hungry!”
He teased as he opened the door.
“Nope it’s not that…”
I started to say then he went like,
“Goodness what happened to you!”
He asked looking at my state of dress. After the fight I was obviously a mess.
“I told you I fought with my sister.”
I told him. The look on his face when I said that was priceless. He was not sure how to react.
“I did not realize that it was physical!”
He told me.
“You need to fix this. Family sticks together no matter what!”
He advised me.
“Can I please clean up and can I borrow one of your shirts!”
I asked him.
“Sure come this way!”
He said escorted me. His place was very decent I must say. I took a shower and put on his shirt. It’s not attractive at all I must tell you that’s a white people thing!
“You look great!”
He said when I walked out.
“Thanks very much but you making that up! Something smells good!”
I told him and I was not lying. It did smell really good.
“Thank you. I hope it tastes good too because I used a recipe so I am not even sure if the food is the right taste!”
He said and I laughed at him for not having that confidence. The food however was delightful. He really went all out. A starter and a main course. Something was missing him.
“Where is the dessert?”
I asked him.
“You are looking at it!”
He said but there was nothing. No ice cream no cake nothing!
“Do you really think this is how the story ends?”
He asked with a huge grin on his face.
“What are you talking about?”
I asked him.
“Well you said the last time you were here that you do not do the no sex thing?”
He said and that was the last thing I expected to hear! I almost choked on my drink.
He said smiling. He stood up and he put some music on.
“You are so cheesy!”
I said to him laughing.
“Am I really? You said you needed a man in every sense of the word right?”
He asked me.
“Yes I did!”
I stuttered as I said it.
He said and standing in front of me and the next thing he took off his shirt…
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto (fb)
I am finally getting the courage to write to you after three years of reading. You are intimidating in big brother way Mr. Mike and that’s a compliment. We have learned to respect you over the years so thank you for creating a safe space for us to share our issues.
I am 43 and I have been married for 17 years. We have 3 children the eldest being a girl who is 20 now. My husband works for a private company and he is 47. He used to take my daughter to work as she wants to be an accountant. She is in university. One day he bumped into my daughter and his boss who is over 50 with my daughter at the mall. My daughter confessed that she has been sleeping with his boss since she was 16. It was a huge mess and I tried to get him arrested only to learn she was not under age. He threatened to fire my husband and we finding out made my daughter move in with him as she had nothing to hide anymore. His boss started taunting him telling him how good my daughter is in bed etc because I tried to get him arrested. My daughter plays along with the boss and comes to the office in short dresses and skirts and kisses this revolting man in front of my husband and colleagues. It is humiliating. The boss knows my husband can’t quit his job because at 47 who will hire him. My husband has not taken this lying down and I am afraid he will do something stupid. He is angry and always plotting against his boss. I am genuinely scared he might hire someone to try killing his boss.
How do I intervene?