The drive home was a quiet one, too many thoughts occupying my mind. How were we going to pull this off? I looked at Felicia as she stared out of the window, she was still as beautiful as the first day I met her, more mature and full of wisdom.
‘You keep staring at me.’ She said without even making eye contact
I didn’t say a word but just put my hand on her thigh.
‘How did we get here Feli?’ I asked before sighing
‘Well we both work for dangerous people and as such we earned ourselves some enemies.’ She said still looking the other side
I kept quiet not sure of what to say.
We pulled into the drive way and she quickly got out of the car, I followed suite and found my mother yelling out of her lungs.
‘What sort of a woman are you? You leave home very early in the morning and return at the same time as your husband, what were those bana chimbusa’s of yours teaching you anyway?” she asked her tying her wrapper
‘Mum what exactly have I done wrong?’ Feli asked her back
‘Oh so now you have the guts to answer back when I am talking to you?’ she asked her this time allowing her chitenge to fall
The girl she had come with whose name I wasn’t sure up to now came and picked the wrapper, wrapping it around her waist.
‘Mum let her be.’ The girl said pulling my mother away
‘No I will not let her be, this girl has grown wings and I will not stand here and watch her turn my son’s life around.’ She said this with more fury
I was looking at Feli excepting her to respond but she was just quiet, no expression on her face.
‘Mother, I am sorry you no longer see me as the ideal woman for your son. But what you should bear in mind is that I and him made our vows not just before you but before heavens and earth; and one of us has to go to heaven before we can let go of each other.’ Feli finally responded
‘Babe are you hungry?’ she asked when she turned to face me
I was in shock at what she had said as such I just nodded my head in acceptance.
‘I will prepare something for you to eat.’ She told me
‘You don’t have to, I already prepared something for him. I will set the table.’ The girl said
‘Who are you?’ both I and Feli asked at the same time
The girl looked at us then turned on her heels in tears
‘You will not disrespect my guest Justin.’ His mother said
‘Your guest mum, let her remain as such.’ I responded
I watched as Feli walked out of the room, she returned later wearing a wrapper and a t shirt.
‘What should I prepare for you?’ she asked with a smile on her face
‘Anything that won’t take too long.’ I responded rubbing her fingers
‘Noodles maybe.’ She asked with a smirk on her face
‘You wouldn’t dare.’ I responded and we both laughed
She walked to the kitchen and I switched on the television and started watching BBC news.
‘Babe!’ she yelled from the kitchen
‘Yes love.’ I responded not removing my eyes from what I was watching
‘I need help here.’ She yelled back
I changed the channel to trace and went to join her in the kitchen.
‘Help with company or?’ as I drew closer to her wrapping my hands around her waist
‘Do you want us to eat in time or not?’ she asked as she turned around to face me
‘Of course I am hungry.’ I told her
‘Get away then.’ She responded
‘Are you sure?’ I asked against her skin
We were disturbed with the sound of running water.
‘Sorry I didn’t mean to intrude.’ The girl said
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‘Who are you really?’ I asked her
‘My name is Chimuka.’ She responded facing down
‘And what are you doing here? Don’t you have a life apart from being dragged by mum into her devious plans?’ Feli asked her
‘It was against my will to come here, but mother knows best.’ She responded still facing down
‘Chimuka I think you can do yourself a huge favour by going back to where ever you came from, as you can see I love my wife with passion. I can never leave her for another.’ I told her
I and Feli watched as the girl’s eyes filled with tears, she must have had her hopes high of becoming the lady of the house. Yes our marriage was not all glamorous but we stuck together knowing why we fell in love in the first place and that was enough reason to keep us going.
‘Please don’t fire me.’ She finally said her voice breaking between sobs
‘I don’t remember hiring you.’ I told her frankly
‘Mum is leaving tomorrow, you can stay back and work as a live in maid. We will discuss your salary and nature of work tomorrow since I am off.’ I told her
‘Thank you ma’am, I won’t disappoint you.’ She said before walking away
‘Are you sure about that?’ I asked her
‘Keep your enemies closer baby.’ She responded before turning to what was cooking on the cooker
‘Mum didn’t tell me that she is leaving.’ I told her after she gave me the greens that I was supposed to help with
‘You will give her bus fare tomorrow morning and she will leave.’ She responded looking directly into my eyes with the assurance that she wasn’t joking about it
‘Yes ma’am.’ I said my hands up showing that I was surrendering