On Monday before going back Nora sat down with her parents and said her goodbyes. Walking her to Thabo’s car outside, Racheal hugged her and whispered that she thinks over what they had discussed.
“I will mom, i promise ” Nora told her mother.
As Thabo drove her to the station he told her about his new job details and how her grand parents were doing back in South Africa.
” they asked about you” he told her.
“well I miss them too Nora” sighed “especially grand mother, you know what dad?” Nora frowned, “sometimes I used to feel my grand father hated me. it seemed to me he loved my brother more than me. I don’t understand dad. why was he so mean to me?”
Thabo was quite for some time and smiled, ” no my dear, my father has always been tough with women. even your grand mother knows that.” He laughed assuring her.
” mmmn” Nora murmured, ” I don’t know dad. I don’t just look at it that way”
“. Any way so tell me more about your patient.” Thabo changed the subject.
“What can i say ?” Nora smiled thinking of Joe and Nathan. ” he’s getting there it’s only that it will take a bit of time for him to recover completely. but he’s doing ok.”
“Good!: Thabo answered ” am sure you are having some good experience there.”
“yeah sure dad” she smiled..
Over the weekend she had had a serious time to reflect on the emotions she had towards Nathan and Joe. she was able to conclude what she felt for Joe was more of pity and concern. But she still wasn’t sure about Nathan. She had no clear idea whether he liked her as much as she did or he was just being nice to her.
anyway, she had concluded to stick her mind to her work, see if she could help Joe start practicing walking as the Doctors had recommended. God willing , she would be out of that house and the dilemma she was caught up in.
She boarded a bus and arrived in Livingstone slightly past 19 hours. Just as she thought of getting a taxi to the Miyoba’s residence, her phone rung. she looked at the caller ID, it was Joe. she had called him to let him know she was on her way some hours before. “he probably wants to find out how far I am” Nora thought.
Hello !” she answered putting her hand bag on her shoulders.
“Hey Nora” Joe responded in a low tone. “Are you Still on the way?” He asked
” I just got off the bus” Nora informed him. “am heading to the taxi rank right now.”
“NO!” Joe told her “I asked Nathan to pick you up from Town he should be near the station, just give him a call he will come get you.”
” um, sure Sir ” she responded.
Nora cut the line and realised she didn’t have Nathan’s number. she felt bad she had to call Joe and ask for his son’s number when she had stayed with them for weeks. As the debate in her head went on, whether to get on a cab instead or call to ask for Nathan’s number, she felt someone tap her shoulder, turning ,there stood Nathan wearing his dark blue Cago pants and a white body top. His feet in black sandles making him look like some actor from the American movies she had watched.
“Hey! ” He smiled “welcome back” he sighed looking at her.
“Oh” Nora sighed in relief “thank you I was almost calling you am just from talking to your father.”
” I see” Nathan said sheepishly. ” and how did you plan on calling when you have never bothered to ask for my line..? ”
Nora felt a bit guilty, “am sorry I just….”
” anyway never mind” Nathan cut her, “am sure it’s not so necessary after all.”
Nora felt a bit disappointed with his statement but concealed it, “well shall we go then?” She asked.
“Sure” he said, ” is that all your lagage?” Nathan asked pointing at Nora’s bag.
” yeah” She answered.
The whole time they drove to the house, The car was quite. The only sound covering their quietness was the slow tracks playing on the car radio. Finally, Nathan broke the silence, “so how are your parents?”
” They are all good” she told him. ” infact they sent their greetings.”
” mmmn am sure the greetings are for dad.” he said, avoiding looking at her.
Nora looked at his side of the face. she shook her head, “it seems you have a problem with me Nathan, care to explain why you are talking to me like that?” She asked sounding offended.
“And what makes you think that? ” Nathan answered as he drove in the yard.
“forget it.” Nora responded opening the door before the car could completely stop, grabbing her bag she walked in the house and dropped her bag on the bed. she walked to the kitchen and got herself a glass of water as she greeted the maid.
“Where is Mr Miyoba?” she asked when she was done drinking water and rinsed the cup from the sink.
” he’s in the study” the maid told her. “today he spent the whole day there.”
“Okey let me check on him then.”
Nora knocked on the door softly ignoring Nathan who just entered the house. he paused to look at her but said nothing and went passed her to his room..
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“Come in!” Joe answered..
“How is my patient doing?” Nora greeted in a high tone .
“same as you left me” he said smiling “still glued to the wheel chair.”
Nora smiled “its just a matter of time.. remember what the doctor said, the spine is responding well and with much exercise which we are beginning tomorrow you will be able to run.” she said standing on the opposite of the table between them. she looked at Joe’s hands, he held a picture, though she couldnt see who was on it.
” Your wife?” She asked pointing at his hands. Joe opened the chest drawer and placed it back and pushed his wheel chair towards Nora.
“yeah.. my first wife” he told her..
“Oh I didn’t know, you had a woman before Nathan’s mother?” She asked surprised .
” yes my dear” Joe who was looking very low and some what sad told her indicating for her to sit on the chair.
“i dont know why am telling you this Nora. I bet I just feel sad today” He begun.
Nora looked at him and listened attentively..
“I was was married to a beautiful and tender woman. She loved me with all she had and trusted me, but I failed her. I abandoned her and treated her like nothing.” Joe let a sad laugh. “I wasn’t even there when she gave birth to our son. I was just stupid and now I live each day regretting throwing away what really mattered in my life. now here I am lonely and sad in a wheel chair. my wife left me with a New born baby Nathan” he paused..
“I married Nancy the woman Nathan still thinks was his bilogical mother. I never loved her and somehow My son figured that and now he hates me and blames me for her death.”
“Am sorry that happened to you Sir,” “um Joe” she corrected, when Joe gave her a reminding look of not addressing him as Sir
“but am sure your son might understand if you told him the truth. he deserves that don’t you think?” She asked him looking at his down cast face and his teary eyes meeting hers.
Joe shook his head ” he can’t find out yet the burden will be too much for him to bear, besides am afraid he will hate me for pushing his biological mother away. Trust me Nora. I know my son, he’s not as strong as he seems on the out side.. he has a delicate heart like his mother. Please promise you wont say a word of this to him. I will handle it myself when the time is right. ”
“It’s okay” Nora assured him touching him on the knee. ” my mouth is sealed” . she stood up and walked to the door, before pausing “.am sure Nathan is old enough to handle situations sir, maybe you should trust him more.”
Joe nodded..” thank you Nora, I mean for listening to the rantings of an old man.”
She smiled before opening the door and going out.
Joe moved back behind the table and looked at Racheal’s photo once again and replaced it back, sad memories tormenting his mind.
To be continued…