The food was amazing babe.’ I told her as I scrubbed her back in the tub
‘He who finds a wife, finds a good thing.’ She responded
‘And obtains favour from the Lord.’ I finished off
‘Oh how I am blessed to have you.’ She said with honesty
‘I am blessed to have you Feli.’ I responded
We finished taking our bath and went straight to bed, she lay in my arms the whole night and I just couldn’t help but stare each time I opened my eyes.
I was woken up with voices coming from the living room.
‘God, can’t I have peace in my own house?’ I sighed looking at the ceiling
‘You witch better come out of there.’ I heard my mother in law scream
I got out of bed and quickly grabbed a chitenge.
‘Good morning mum?’ I greeted
‘What is good about this morning?’ she asked
I looked around the room and saw her things laying on the floor.
‘Good morning baby.’ I greeted Justin as I settled into a chair next to where he was standing
‘Good morning.’ He responded softly
‘So you will sit here and pretend like you don’t have a hand in this right?’ She asked
I just looked at her without saying a word, I didn’t want to upset her more.
‘You have failed to bear my son a child and now you have turned him against me, Felicia you will not know peace as long as I am breathing. I will make sure that my son leaves you.’ She said
‘Chimuka get your bags.’ She ordered
Chimuka just stood without saying a word or moving an inch
‘Chimuka, we don’t have the whole day.’ She screamed again
‘Mum I am sorry but I am staying back.’ She responded looking down
‘I don’t have time for games you fool, get your bags right now.’ She ordered
‘Leave the poor girl alone mum.’ Justin responded
‘What? Chimuka even you?’ she asked as tears rolled down her eyes
I felt bad for her, Justin’s heart must have been heavy seeing his mother like that but there was nothing we could do. She had chosen her path and we just had to follow suite
‘This is not the last of me you are seeing, I will be back and I swear my come back will hurt all of you.’ She said as she carried her bags
‘Let me help you.’ Justin told her
‘Leave me alone Justin, you have turned against me because of this witch. Justin I carried you in my womb for nine months, turned you into the man that you have become and this is how you can repay me?’ she asked tears streaming down her face
‘Mother.’ He said
‘Don’t Justin, don’t.’ she said
At that moment I just wanted the earth to swallow me, it’s like my poor husband was being asked to pick between his marriage and his mother. I hated what she was doing to us but I hated seeing them apart even more.
I was brought back to earth with the slamming of the door. Justin sat down in defeat without saying a word. I moved to the chair he was sitted on and rested my head on his chest.
‘You are good people.’ Chimuka said breaking the silence
‘I wish you could convince my mother that we are.’ He responded
‘She will come around.’ I told him in a whisper
Justin stood up and I was guessing it was to prepare himself for work, I remained in the living room and asked Chimuka to sit down because I needed to know things about her before finally hiring her.
‘So tell me the basic things about yourself.’ I told her
‘My name is Chimuka Hamoonga, I am 24 and I do not have a child neither have I been married before.’ She told me
‘Go on.’ I said scribbling down only the important things
‘I was born and bred in choma but after my grandmother passed on, I moved in with my aunty in kabwe and that is how I met Mrs Kunda.’ She said
‘Why would you come to Lusaka with such a mission, you are still young and vibrant. Why not making something better out of your life?’ I asked her
‘Well, not all that glitters is gold.’ She responded
‘Excuse me?’ I asked with a raised eye brow
‘Well my aunty is doing well for herself but I guess she always made it a point that I and her children were not equal. While they got everything on a silver plate I had to work for everything.’ She responded
‘You were like a maid in her home?’ I asked now curious
‘Not really, she had maids who did everything, I was only given the same amount of food as the maids, as for other necessities I had to work for them. I did all sorts of jobs for the residents in Kabwe and that is how I run into Mrs Kunda.’ She told me with sadness in her eyes
I looked at her intently without saying a word for a few seconds.
‘I am sorry to hear that.’ I told her
‘Don’t be, I realized a long time ago that if I wanted to have good things I had to work for them.’ She told me
‘Your story doesn’t add up.’ I told her as I put my pen down
‘I don’t understand.’ She responded
‘I don’t know what you have been told about me but I am not the kind of person to take nonsense from anyone.’ I said
‘I don’t get you.’ She said looking up
‘Get out of my house!’ I said
‘What?’ she asked frightened
‘I said out! Now!’ I yelled again
‘How will I go?’ she asked surprised than frightened
‘You come into my house, try to ruin my marriage and have the audacity to lie to me?’ I asked her with fury
‘I am telling you the truth ma’am.’ She said
Just then Justin walked in and gave me an envelope, I
threw the contents at her and waited for her reaction.
‘Ma’am I can explain.’ She said her words failing her
‘I gave you a chance to explain yourself but what did you do? Insult my intelligence and lie in my face?’ I asked her as I got up
‘This is not the life I chose, I had other plans. It didn’t occur to me that I would end up here.’ She said
‘You had a chance to come clean with me but you chose to continue lying. Now leave my house.’ I said before walking off