“Cecilia” ! I called out the maid. I had dozed off in the couch after the twins fell asleep , waking up I realised I had been sleeping for over 2 hours.
I sat up adjusting the volume of the TV in front of me ..
“Is Ackim back ?” I asked her..
I didn’t see him leave but the time he was going I just heard his car engine outside. I didn’t want to bother him by making a lot of calls. So when I tried and his phone was off, I decided to wait for him to return. I had thought he just went somewhere near and would be back.
“Where could he be ?” I asked looking at the time on my phone when the maid told me he wasn’t back.
“I dont know madam” the maid responded even though I didn’t really need her to respond.
“Okay thank you go on” I indicated ..
I tried to call him but his line was still off , shrugging I went to get Paul who was now crying in their room.
“Hey sonny! up already?” I smiled at him as he kicked his small legs crying. Immediately I lifted him Kim also woke up. I held them both and went back to the living room.
I even missed Ackim’s sister at the time. She was good with looking after the kids but the previous day before Ackim went to show me the house he built she had told me she was going to see her mother.
We had her enrolled at CBU where she was studying she always came back when they closed. I came to love Ackim’s family ,they didn’t have a lot of money like my family but they had this special respect for family. They are not staying together really but everytime their mother called them out for anything , they all corporated and workout things as a family.
I recalled the time Ackim’s two brothers came for the wedding.. The first born who was also married with 4 kids resembled Ackim so much , if not for his height and age one would mistake him for Ackim.
His younger brother who also had married came with his wife to the introductory meeting their mother had organised before we got married. He was the most talkative one and made me laugh a lot when we had a chance to chat.
“Hey kiddo” Ackim had come to us as we sat down on a mat outside their mother’s house at the farm..
“Watch out and don’t make my woman fall for your charms” he teased hugging me from behind.
“Well it’s not my fault that am not boring like you” he responded making us both laugh.
He called me mlamu, Explaining to me how they called in-laws. We spent lots of time with him and the wife chatting. I really felt at home , the 2 days we spent there. The meeting was scheduled on a weekend and my father also came with my uncle who was the only brother to dad to attend the gathering.
Dad only had one brother and both his parents were late. According to him , his parents died in a road accident when I was still a baby and since dad and his family moved to Australia when dad was only 20. He never knew a lot of other extended family members , so far the only person apart from his brother who I came to know was a woman dad introduced to me as his cousin but she stayed in Lusaka and we never really visited each other.
I loved the way Ackim’s mom brought other relatives to our traditional gathering for introductions. Even though l couldn’t remember everyone , they told me the family was large and that in Zambia , they valued family.
I smiled remembering such events. I really learnt a lot and all thanks to Ackim who stayed by me and helped me cop with everything. I knew family for him always came first and there was no doubt he would do anything for us.
I was still thinking about the old days when I heard a car engine outside. I left the boys playing with their toys and rushed out.
He walked towards me wearing a smile.
“Hey my woman !” He called me. I smiled, I liked the way he stressed the words “my woman”
“Hey babe.. where have you been? I missed you” I said opening my hands to hug him.
“Mmmmmh went for an errand love. Not to worry though it’s all done and the job was perfect” he said kissing my forehead.
“How is everyone ?” he asked holding my shoulders and pushing my hair in the side.
“Good” I said giving him a doubt look.
” Ackim tell me where you went. How come I have a bad feeling about this your misterous disappearance ?” I asked him..
“Relax my love , everything is good. I have never felt any better.” he shrugged placing his hands in his pockets and I knew it was serious.
That habbit only happened when he was nervous or from doing something he knew I wouldn’t agree with.
“Babe come here” I said following him inside.
“What now ?” He let a laugh.“Is My sister back?” He asked changing the subject.
“Cecilia check on the kids!” I called out pulling Ackim to our bedroom.
I sat down and patted the bed next to me.
“Babe please tell me what’s going on. I know you , is it something to do with Sarah and Jay ?” I asked scared about what he could have done to them.
“What have you done love? please come on you are worrying me. Serah was supposed to come pick her things here and she hasn’t shown up, tell me what you did” I insisted.
He sighed and walked towards the couch instead sitting and placing his head on the wall.
“Well if you are worried I killed them, The answer is no, that would be too easy of the purnishment “he smiled folding his arms around himself..
“But ?” I asked getting more worried now, if he wasn’t saying something it was because it was not good and I felt my skin crawl.
“Come here” he smiled extending his hands.
“I want you to relax and calm down my love, everything is okey” he said pulling me to him.
I shook my head , his calmness was really getting to me. Not really that I cared so much for those two but knowing Ackim. I feared for them , all I wanted was for them to leave the country already and leave us in peace.
“Babe just promise me you won’t go beyond limit with whatever you are doing please. I don’t want you ending up in prison.” I sighed giving up asking questions I was not getting answers to.
“We are having dinner out” he answered instead, avoiding the topic.
“Let me take a bath as you prepare yourself and tell the maid to look after the boys” he added leaving me on the couch.
I shook my head, took my phone and tried to call Serah as I heard the shower running, the line was off.
“Oh God what is happening?” I held my head pushing back my loose hair.
I knew Ackim was still hurting and refusing to go out with him at that moment would bring troubles.
Quickly I removed my top and wrapper I had on and walked to the bathroom to join him.
We walked out to the car after about 40 minutes. I wore a short layered peach dress and black heels, my hair tied in a knot , my face with moderate make up.
He held my waist as we walked.
“You look so hot am not sure I will last an hour this side” he teased.
He was in a pair of brown soft jeans and a black short sleeved shirt showing off a small white t shirt he put inside , the black leather mocussin shoe matching his shirt , as always giving him a killer look.
How could he even think he wasn’t man enough for me , when everytime he was around me I lost control of myself. If only he knew how much I loved him and was so vulnerable around him. I watched him silently as he started the car.
“What is it my woman ?” He asked me.
“Oh so now you have eyes in the sides uh ?” I asked with a laugh after realising he saw me watching him.“Am just amazed at how great you look babe , am proud of you husband” I added.
He smiled widely and took my hand planting a kiss on the back of my palm.
” Am proud of you too , that’s why l will never let anyone play me for a fool.” Hè smiled.
“Babe please not that again” I told him.
Dinner was great and Ackim took me to a night club making Me dance to some Zambian loud music. We were back home at 22 hours and found everyone asleep.
Exhausted, I went to bed and fell asleep immediately.
To be continued