“What is going on Jessy ? ” Joe asked, after they sat down at the cafeteria near the hospital. They sat in the corner table and he ordered some drinks for them.
Jessy was quite for a while. her face wore a shameful look. “I need to find Racheal” she started.
” Racheal?” Joe Looked at her with a frown.. “what for?” He asked when she bow her head to the table between them.
“Am sorry Joe, I have caused you and your family pain but before I could tell you anything I need to find your wife. someone told me she came back from South Africa, but I have not been able to find her. it’s a matter of life and death” she added with her white eyes focused on Joe’s.
Joe looked at her and he could tell that whatever it was she wanted Racheal for was very serious. She had this scared look..” well you can first of all start by telling me what is up with you and then I might come in to help, otherwise forget it…” he insisted.
He watched her silently as she narrated her odeal. shaking his head he sat back leaning on the chair.
“I can’t believe you did that to me and my family Jessy. you are the waste kind of a human being. how could you?” he retorted..
“Please am sorry” Jessy pleaded
“just help me locate your wife and I will fill you in on all the details..”
Joe agreed to let her to go his place.” Give me your number and I will get in touch, let me try find her” he told without telling her Racheal was by the hospital. he didn’t want to bother her with some terrible news when she was still hurting with what had happened so far..
4 days later…
Nora had gotten better, she was discharge from the hospital and Nathan explained that her parents where at her place. “I need you to come home with me.. ” he told her.
All this while they had not told her Racheal and Thabo were not her parents.. Even if she had noticed Nathan being too close to her. she just ignored him and thought he was just being stubborn. she noticed the brightness of his smile and the spark in his eyes whenever he looked at her and thought it was awkward. That the person who seemed deeply hurt and disappointed some days ago was the one who had quickly moved on and was thinking of being happy and all that.
So when they got home. They all sat down again. Racheal and Thabo went through the story of adopting her. She was quite for some time and when she finally spoke up..
“No wonder my grand father always ignored me and never considered me as his grand child” she sighed.
she was disappointed but at that moment she decided to not live by the hurt she was feeling.
They all talked at length about their way forward, with Nathan and Nora deciding to continue their relationship.
when Racheal knelt and pleaded for her son to forgive her, all he said was.. “what you did is unforgivable. but what option do I have? no matter how much it hurts that you dumped me, you are still the one who gave birth to me. so I guess all we need is time and please don’t expect me to consider you anything more than the woman who raised the woman I love. Anything else will figure itself out” he added.
“It’s okey son” , she told him in a low tone ” I understand..”
“You can spend some time here” Joe suggested.
“we all are one family now despite everything that has transpired. for the good of Nora and Nathan we need to stay and learn to support one another he explained looking at Thabo who nodded his head in agreement.
Later that night they all had their dinner at the same table. After talking for a while Nora excused herself and went to the room she had been sleeping in before.
she lay down and held her stomach feeling her hands on the wound which was still healing.
“Mind if i come in?” Nathan followed her minutes later leaving the elderly guys in the TV room..
” sure..” she answered
“how are you?” Nathan asked sitting next to her. “I mean with the sudden news of your parents..” he added.
“mmmmmmmh I don’t know Nathan” she Sighed,
” it’s not easy to learn your life isn’t what it seems and I don’t even know what kind of people my parents were. From the story my biological mother could have been a harlot and God knows what kind of man impregnated her. I don’t know” she said shaking her head..
“Don’t worry Babe” Nathan told her.
” what ever it is, it’s not in you. You are a good person and from the times we have been together I would put my head on the chopping board for you, it’s alright” he said rubbing her hand.
she smiled a little..
“I still love you” he whispered after some silence.
“I know ” Nora chuckled.
“I saw you at the hospital not knowing you knew about mom and dad.. ”
he smiled.. “you don’t know how much that news over joyed me am even willing to forgive my mother, raising you for me will be a compensation enough..”
“She’s hurting too ” Nora added, ” I know my mother and the past days I have seen the pain in her eyes, please forgive her.
” she’s suffering, let God be the one to judge her. even if she didnt give birth to me i know she loves me. how crazy,” Nora continued “we both sucked from the same breast..”
“No you are wrong” he told her.
“remember she left me when I was hours old. she herself told me the time she left her milk had not started coming out.”
” mmmn I see you will do everything to justify we are not siblings ” Nora laughed..
“Am not leaving your side” he giggled throwing his shoes and getting besides her..” in fact am sleeping next to you tonight.”
” unbelievable!” Nora sighed holding his hands as he wrapped them around her from her back.
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In the TV room when Thabo and Racheal were showed the room they would sleep in. Joe asked if he could talk to Racheal alone.
” if you don’t mind ” he told Thabo..
“it’s okey..” Thabo answered. “you will find me in the bedroom” he told his wife as he left.
“Well?” Racheal asked. she never had a chance to speak to Joe alone and she felt kind of unease being around a man who she once loved and lived with for two good years.
“if Thabo wasn’t the good and most understanding husband he was. it could have been hard to resist him. but she had moved on. Thabo was the man for her and she wouldn’t trade him for anyone else.
“Um. …thank you for sparing time to see me .” Joe begun with a tone more like that of a person desperate.
For him it was clear..he loved her still.
” I have never told you Racheal but you are as beautiful as the last time i saw you.. ” he smiled..
“Well Joe the last time you saw me all you did was throw insults in my face remember? And if my memory saves me well, you were too drunk to even drive me to the hospital. oh yeah I remember ” she added teasingly.. “you never came to the hospital for me or your child..”
“Please Racheal am sorry. I know better now please let’s not go there ” Joe begged moving closer to her.
” if it was up to me i would take you back, I still lo….. ” before he could finish. Rachael cut him short “stop talking about that now and tell me what it is You called me here for” she retorted moving away from him.
Joe explained briefly about Jessy and told her she had gone to the hospital and was looking for her. she looked at him shocked..
“Joe, ehat has a womam you were involved with got to do with me for crying out loud? forget it, am not seeing anyone. infact tomorrow we are going back to Lusaka. my husband has to go and report for work.” Racheal told Joe.
“You have to, please.” Joe insisted.
” I dont know why but I know for sure whatever she will have to tell you is quite serious.”
After some time of talk, Joe finally manage to convince her to stay back. But Thabo Refused to stay a day there, he had to report for work the next Monday.. “you will have to find me home then honey,” he told the wife when she finished explaining what Joe had told her.
The following day Thabo left, leaving his wife and daughter at Joe’s place. Joe had called Jessy as promised and they all waited for her later that afternoon.
Someone informed them she was outside. “Let her in” Joe told the worker.
As Jessy walked in the sitting room, Rachael stood shocked “Jessy ? ” She asked her puzzled “what are you doing here?”
Joe looked at Jessy and then back at Racheal, he was surprised Racheal called Jessy by name. He had not told her her name the time they talked.
“so the two of you know each other? ” He asked shocked……
To be continued…