I think some people are put into this world to test you. I know it sounds so cliché but my mother and Londiwe must
have been in the ‘do not resuscitate’ section of the womb. What they were doing to me was wrong! They thought I was come of popeye they could jerk around at will. Well I was not.
“Mum don’t even go there! I am not getting back with her nor am I going to listen to you on my relationships ever again!”
I warned her. I don’t think she was listening to me though because she immediately said,
“I have a wedding to plan which is the right of every mother yet you are denying me that simple pleasure in life! Do you want me to die wondering what it could feel like?”
She asked me clearly thinking that I was going to buy her obvious emotional blackmail.
“No no no mother that’s not going to happen so forget about about it!”
I told her again. She started crying immediately. She was not even just sniffling she was mourning as though someone had died.
“Mum what are you doing?”
I asked her with immediate concern. I know that cry was fake to be honest but when a woman cries and cries that loud it affects you.
“You want to kill me wena vele! What is it that I have ever done to you to hurt you? I carried you for nine months and you betray me like this really? Is this how you treat your mother Vusi? Is this how I raised you?”
She asked me.
My mother was good with words.
“Mum I am going to give you time to yourself. You clearly have things that you want to resolve.”
I told her. I felt like a douche leaving my mother wailing like that but at that moment if I tried consoling her I would end up doing what she wanted. All the important decisions in life almost always are made in a single moment and I hoped this moment was mine.
“Are you really going to leave though?”
She asked me. I was not hearing any part of that. I simply stood up, took my wallet and keys and I walked out. She did follow me thank heavens because I would not have managed.
“I am going to my flat!”
I told myself. I had overstayed my welcome in any case and now that my mother was back I did not have to house sit. I drove to my apartment; I had not been here for weeks. As soon as I got to the flat parking lot I was greeted by a happy,
“Hey Mr Vusi, my brother!”
It was the big Nigerian from my complex. He was with his beautiful wife Nobuhle.
“Hi guys how are you?”
I asked them. The big guy had already covered the ground between him and me and next thing big hug!
I was annoyed.
Men don’t hug men. It’s very uncomfortable.
“Put him down you idiot you are crushing him!”
Nobuhle said when I am sure she could see the tears in my eyes. That man’s grip was on some other level and I was not ready for that.
“We haven’t seen you around in a while, welcome home!”
She said and she too gave me a hug. With her this was different. This woman was beautiful and had the boyfriend not been here I would have held on longer! Ok no that’s creepy but a man can wish right?
“Thank you! I feel like everyone knows I was away even the security didn’t recognize me!”
I told her.
“Yeah, Londiwe said you had gone overseas how was it?”
She asked me
“Is that what she said?”
I asked her dumbly.
“Yeah. I had drinks with her yesterday. I am sure you are going to give her the surprise of her life because she was saying that she did not know when you are coming back!”
She told me.
“Oh is she here right now?”
I asked her and my heart sank. I should not have come here but with them standing there I did not have a choice but to walk in. I didn’t even reach the door before it opened and Londiwe peaked out,
She screamed and ran towards me as though I was a long lost lover. I could hear Nobuhle go like,
Because to her this was a sweet moment. Was I about to embarrass Londiwe in front of her friends? Much as I disliked her I could not so I opened my arms and let her jump right in.
“Baby I missed you!”
She said so excited. She had told them I was away so as not to let them know that I had left her. She kissed me as though this was a romantic movie.
“Ah see that’s what you should do with me when I get back from work!”
The big Nigerian said to Nobuhle and at that moment I wanted to laugh. He did not work this dude and if being a bouncer was work then I don’t know.
“How do you expect me to jump that high though?”
Nobuhle teased him.
“Ah you guys he is back at last. Now I don’t have to be your plus one!”
Londiwe said to them big grin on her face.
“Dude you shouldn’t leave for so long next time. She would have survived the British winter with you just fine! Leaving her here alone was unfair don’t you know that black girls must travel!”
Nobuhle added. Oh so I was in England! How many lies had Londiwe told them to make them so convinced and with this much detail though.
“I won’t hey. She will go with me next time. Now my good friends let me catch up on what I missed out on!”
I told them and they both laughed.
“Yeah finally my friend!”
Nobuhle said as they walked away laughing. They assumed I meant catch up on sex obviously but I meant something totally different. I meant catch up on the lies this woman told. We entered the house and immediately Londiwe said,
“I am so sorry about that. They kept asking where you were and the best I could come out with was that you were out of the country!”
She told me.
“Well you are good at lying so what’s new!”
I said sourly.
“That was uncalled for!”
She said and I could see the joy out of her face drained immediately.
“I am sorry that was not to come out like that!”
I told her.
“I don’t like this person you are becoming Vusi. You never used to say abusive things to anyone. Now every time you speak it’s like your intention is to hurt the next person. What has gotten into you?”
I wanted to fight back but I paused because she immediately asked,
“How far with you getting us a date? I don’t think I can hold out any longer because I am starting to think you were just buying time!”
She told me.
“Is it not something that we should talk about? Don’t you want a white wedding, the proper way?”
I asked her.
“Of course I want that, every girl wants that but, we can have it after we do the court thing which is faster and more convenient. It’s cheaper too!”
She reminded me. She was not buying my excuses clearly.
“Ok then. I had not booked thinking we will do a white wedding so I have to go book!’
I told her.
“Nah don’t worry I already have that covered my dear. I have made the booking myself this way we won’t show up on the wrong date.”
She explained standing up. She stood up and went to the kitchen counter were she came back with an envelope.
I asked her.
I did as asked and in it was her booking confirmation. I was getting married in three weeks time.
I said deflated.
“You should sound more excited. There is also a man that came to see me. He was looking for you as well!”
“What did he want?”
I asked her.
“I refused to speak to him but he left his card too, it’s in the bedroom let me go take it!”
She said as I looked at that date on the court papers. I had to get out of this and I did not know how.
“Here is the card!”
She said. I looked at it and it said,
“Paledi Machaka, Hawks Financial Crimes Department”
This was bad for me and I could see by the look on her face she knew she had me where she wanted.
“We must go pick out outfits for the vows!”
I said weakly.
“Yes we must!”
She said calmly and stood up and went to the kitchen.
“And today you sleep at home with your wife, no more games!”
She said as she took out pots to cook.
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto (fb)
How are you sir and hello to all the other readers?
I am 26 and I have been looking for a job for three years. I have even trended on social media before after I had a board asking for help. I have unfortunately failed to find work. In October I approached a white business owner in my area. He has a very big company and even though it’s not in my field I was willing to do anything. He told me that he had no jobs but could create one if I slept with him. At first I wanted to cause a scene but I have a child to feed so I agreed. We had sex in his office and the following day I was hired. I noticed that he had a lot of black female workers and most private companies I know hire white. One day someone let it slip that all of us had slept with him. I felt cheap and dirty BUT I could not help notice that he treats his workers very well. All of us got bonuses and with me because I had been out of the workforce (never entered) he enrolled me into UNISA for further education. This is all on the company’s expense. All this does not feel right though. I have a daughter and I feel like I might have done what I needed to do the job but I feel cheap. I lost my pride and every time I get my pay check I feel like a prostitute. He has never slept with me again but from the girls at work it seems he is sleeping with many of them. If I report this man I lose a job and they lose a job. If I do not he continues abusing his power.
What do I do?