We were driving for some minutes around the area called River side, there were a lot of newly built houses and flats.
“Guys stay here, I will walk around from here” I told Mwamba and Maya. I had noted the address in my head so I checked the plot numbers as I walked between some houses.
My heart raced as I saw the house I was looking for, it was a three by three flat, well built and In a wall fence. I looked around trying to assimilate if at all i had been to that place..
“could it be my home?” I thought to myself as I waited for a slim lady who I found washing some clothes outside. I had asked her about anyone I could talk to and she told me she was new and asked me to wait as she went to call the land owner.
An elderly woman came out of the first flat. Greeting her , I introduced myself as Will. The look on her face told me she had no idea who i was.
“Sorry to disturb you mam, I was looking for someone from this place I told her, not sure who but I had this address in my clothes. I lost my memory a couple of months ago. I was hoping someone here knew who I am” I explained..
“Oh sorry my son” she said calmly.“I have no idea who you are but maybe my son does ” she added.. “he’s the owner of these flats but he’s out for a few days, try coming by in two days time he should be back. otherwise, the tenants here are all new. like less than two months it can’t be that you are known here” she explained.
She gave me her line that I could call in case of anything. I thanked her for being helpful and walked out to join Mwamba and the sister.
A week later… I decided to visit the house again. I went after 18 and as I walked in the gate I saw a man almost my age but an inch shorter. He looked at me and to my surprise started running out. I walked quickly towards him but he increased his speed as he got out of the gate.
Something told me to follow him, it seemed I had found somebody who knew who I was. He ran faster past the other houses and I chased him of course not to scare him but to try find out why he ran. something wasn’t in place I thought as I ran towards him.
I was faster than him so he panicked and I saw him make a turn to an unfinished building. I pretended I didn’t see him and let him enter to hide.
Slowly I hid behind the block as I waited patiently for him to come out. 5 minutes passed and I saw him peep in both directions. I quickly stepped out and grabbed him by the shirt, he tried to escape but I held him tight, pulled him back in the building and to my surprise I felt rage he was trying to escape.
some inner instict warned me something was up with him.
He shivered as I sat him down pushing him in the corner, eyed at me sternly..
“so you are still alive you bas***d !” he cursed.” leave me alone already I have nothing to do with you.”
“Well Mr man, it seems you know more than you are actually telling me” I sighed looking at him. He almost stood to ran and with lots of force I pushed him hard back to the wall making him moan with pain as he held the spot his head hit to the wall.
“Start talking or I will hurt you right now.” He bow down his head in silence and I squat before him , held his head up with my hand making him face me. For some reason the guy was scared of me, which gave me more reason to want to probe him further and get some information out of him..
“Speak now you idiot!” I snapped.
I felt like I had done that before, but couldn’t remember where or who I was interrogating.
“You are just a good for nothing bodyguard who is after that spoiled step sister of mine!” he shouted..
“Sister?” I asked shocked.
He raised his eyes in surprise. It was like he was surprised I showed ignorance of the sister he had mentioned.
“Look man” he added..” I don’t know how you figured it out but like I told you last time this is none of your business. Just leave me alone already. I told you I was having family in Solwezi last time and that’s it. I didn’t have anything to do with the person you were looking for.” He mumbled.
His diversion of the story confused me even more but before I could ask further he grabed the opportunity and ran past me. I tried to go after him but a car stopped in front of him, some other guys called his name.
“Hurry George jump in!”
The guy jumped into the car and as I got closer, it started off leaving dust in my face. I kicked the ground in rage. I felt so pissed I hit my palm with the other hand.
By the time I got back to the car I borrowed from where I was being kept, they were long gone.
As I drove back home, I felt a strong headache. I packed besides the road as the sharp pain ran through my head. I closed my eyes and held my head as flash images of me killing and burning some houses came to my mind. The flashes repeated ending with a flash of me being chased in the bush.
I stayed in that spot for half an hour and after feeling better I drove back to my now new home.
“Am afraid Dr” I told the doctor Mwamba.” The way I felt around that man was something else and the flashes in my memory. Maybe am not a good person in real life, maybe am dangerous and a killer” I told her honestly.
she wrote down something as I explained it.
“Well, It could be that those are some flashes from your memory but can just be some imaginations as a result of your inner fears we cannot be sure of one thing” she told me..“Not to worry though am here to help you through all this” she comforted..“How I wish that guy said something more to give us a hint about you.” She drowned sadly.
“Yeah” I agreed sitting up the chair I was sitting on” he knows who I am and I could tell he hates me. He said something about his step sister, then he mentioned Solwezi but am confused. I can’t connect the dots. I feel powerless right now, it’s like I fall from no where my memory is so blank.”
“It’s ok Will, let’s take one day at a time. remmber you can’t allow yourself to stress your brain, try to stay calm, besides, I don’t think you are a bad person Will” she added..“maybe you just went through a rough patch in life but you are not a bad person.”
I smiled as she walked out.
“Thank you, you and your family are truly good to me and I appreciate it. I don’t know how I will ever repay you for your kindness.”
Before she left I stopped her
” sorry Dr, but do you know anything about the person who brought me to the hospital?” I asked her..
“not really but tomorrow i can get you their details from the hospital records.”
“I would appreciate mam, maybe he can tell me more about the accident. I would want to know if someone else was with me that time and if they survived the accident and maybe what really happened”
“Sure” she nodded leaving….
Maya came with a home work book for maths the following day
“help me solve these questions Uncle Will” she said handing me the book. To my own surprise I looked at the questions and knew exactly what to do. I ran her through and explained some equations. her mother watched from the other room and she came close.
“Wow, it seems you are good with numbers’” she commended.
” I guess so’” I smiled back..
Later that evening the family had left to go for some family dinner. I decided to remain home instead.
They had been gone for hours it was almost 23 hours. Then I heard some foot steps outside. I peeped through the window and saw two guys holding guns, they were slowly walking to the back door.
Quitely I bend down to the ground and crawled in their direction. using the kitchen window which didn’t have burglar bars I climbed out. I saw the guy break loose the back door and then entered the house.
“What the hell!” I screamed inside my head.
“I have to act first they are probably thieves” I thought to myself..
I watched the first guy go in and before the second one followed him I ran to him and knocked him off with my hands by twisting his neck, he fall back down and as the other guy turned to my direction i pulled the gun from the hands of the one I had put out, shooting it right through his head. He fall down dead instantly.
Just then the Family drove in and they all came running to the house after the gun shot.
Maya screamed as she saw the dead body on the floor. I was not even shaken, it was like i was an expert on killing and a gun didnt scare me, I knew how to hold and aim perfectly.
They called the police after I explained what happened.
I was taken to the cells that same night. Doctor’s husband explained that it was standard procedure since I just killed someone. They all assured me that all will be well.
Maya and Mwamba waved at me as i was driven to the police. The girl was still crying and I felt sad. I had come to love the kids so much they made me feel like I was really their uncle.
To be continued