I woke up that morning and turned to look at Paula who was just dressing up.
“hey love” l called her out. she turned and came closer giving me a kiss on my lips.
“Morning babe” she said still holding my face.
” Morning my love , going somewhere this morning? ” I asked.
“It’s a Monday l need to go and work, it’s been a while ” she added going back to the dressing mirror. “there`s a lot of work pending for the past weeks l stayed home.”
“Yeah it’s true.. I also need to move around and see what is going on at the lodges. I need to organise some meetings with the managers.” l told her ,
” but not today l still have an errand to complete.”
She frowned looking back at me. “What errand babe?, come on what are you hiding from me. I thought we don`t keep things from each other.” she complained..
“All in due time my love. I will definitely let you know everything” l told her standing up.
” I just hope this won’t jeopardize our lives babe. I really wish you had let go of your anger and just let those two go back to their country already. l called the hotel to ask for them but they told me they saw them book out with a male , tell me the truth now please Ackim?” she asked turning to look at me as her hand stayed in her hair.
“What? you went to check on those two? what is wrong with you my love, you went back to the place to see people who plotted against you and almost raped you barely a day after ?” I asked her sadly.
” I can’t believe this.” l said sitting back down.
“Ackim you have to understand, l didn’t go there. I just wanted to find out if they left, last night after you came back. am worried with this your reaction love. Please understand. I don’t want us to land in any sort of trouble” she said coming to stand near me.
“You know what , l cant stand those two. It’s like they have so much influence on you and this is really getting to me. why would you care so much about that man and a friend who is jealous of you? Now that it’s getting to this am really getting mad and l don’t know what l will do when l get to where they are.” l snapped standing up and going to the bathroom.
“No babe, come on don`t do this please l beg you, for my love and the kid`s sake please let them go already.” she cried coming to the bathroom as l took the tooth brush to clean my teeth.
“Don’t worry am not doing anything rather than make sure they never bother us again. I just don’t like that you are so much concerned about them when they are set on harming us” l told her spitting the form from my mouth.
“I trust you my love but l don’t trust those two , promise you won’t do that again” l said looking at her standing behind my back.
“I won’t ” she answered.
” I really wish this whole thing never happened , it has really bothered us this past two days” she sighed..
We later on had our breakfast and l took her for work after she told me her car was going to the garage for servicing promising to pick her up after work. I headed to the compound l left Jay and Serah.
“Good morning guys” l called out from the entrance after l listened to the recording. They looked tired and probably hungry. I could see how weak they both were. I didn`t leave any food for them the previous night and l could bet the torture my boy had subjected to them before he recorded their confessions got the best of both of them.
“Please let us go Ackim , we won’t bother you guys anymore the message was clear” Jay started.
“I know l was wrong and l had no right whatsoever to meddle in your affair with Paula , honestly l know you two are in love and l was so foolish to have listened to Serah who talked me into coming here. I was a fool to think Paula would fall for me and then l would end up with her and her inheritance” he added looking down his red lips dry. He looked pale and really desperate l could tell he was in deep agony , the torture and hunger was working its cause in his body l thought to myself as l listened.
“Am so sorry man , please let me go l won’t come back here please” he begged weakly.
“Oh Jay, I feel for you man, you came all the way because you wanted money , the wealthy that another man labored for, you wanted to have it for free.
Let me ask you this man . If you were me , imagine you love a woman and have started a family with two kids then someone comes to try take away your wife. what would you do?” I asked calmly..
He stayed quite for a while and sighed weakly ,
“am sorry man, I know you are a good man and deep down my heart l know Paula deserves a man like you. I was always a jerk and mistreated her by cheating on her.. I have no right to destroy her life.”
“That`s not answering my question ” l said , rubbing his knee as l bend forward..
“I would react badly” he nodded looking at me his desperate eyes almost showing tears.
“Mmmh , l have heard your part Jay, what about you Serah ?” I asked calmly looking at the crying Serah , her tied hands showing a small strip of red where the rope was tied. All her make up was gone and her hair extension was ruffled all over her head , she was a black woman but her behavior and manner of speech showed that she had probably grown up in America or was a black American.
“Tell me part of the confession you gave last night l want to hear it direct ” l added seriously Deep down my heart l felt for them.
Paula was right, l needed to let them go. I even regretted somehow getting them a ticket for the following day. I could have bought for that very Monday. I had subjected them to a torture not only physical but an emotional torture , where a man can start apologizing and has time to reflect on his mistakes. But l still had to go through with the plan of ensuring that history never repeats itself..
If l got Serah and Jay to understand we were not to be touched and ensure they don`t do anything else against us no matter what kind of influence they had ,that would be great for me and my family. I came to learn from the confession that Jay came from a wealthy back ground , his father had some large businesses in Australia and that he was the only child but spoiled and was always messing with women spending his father`s money. Meanwhile he had contributed less to that wealthy and that the father was not wiling to give him any inheritance for him to be independent yet , so he decided to go with Serah`s idea of milking from Paula`s wealth.
In his recorded confession he and Serah had planned to plot against Paula and after her marriage with me was over, they intended to swindle her of everything and escaped back to Australia leaving her without a thing.
“Am sorry too , you were right, ” Serah started.
“My jealousy led me here, I wanted so much to have what Paula has had always , she had good parents, attended good schools and always found good men while l ended up with cheats and those guys who just came for my body and nothing more. I wanted to take part of the money too and get away.
I accept l was wrong and was being selfish. Paula has always been good to me, she treated me good like a sister” she added crying ,
” am sorry Ackim forgive me. I have learnt my lesson and am scared , what you told me about yourself was really scaring please don`t kill us” she cried.
“Well Serah, you are really something but not to worry l heard your recording and am sure by the time Paula finishes hearing it, she will be very disappointed , even the issue of you wanting to seduce Mr Benson just for money. You really are a disappointment.” l told her.
“I think between you and this man here” l said pausing ,
“you are the worst kind of person. Now that l know everything and l have the record of the details of your confessions, I want to make this clear. Should any of you attempt to come back here to bother Paula in any way, l promise you will not live to tell the story. I don’t care where you will be , just know l will find you and that won’t end well for you both. Stay away from my family , the hunger and the pain that you are feeling in your body right now must be a reminder of your selfish mistakes . Go to South Africa tomorrow, from there you will find your way to your homes. Hope you will become better people there. I added standing up..
“I have booked you tickets for your flight tomorrow.” I announced stopping by the door..
“Ackim please we are dying with hunger , that your man won’t give us any food or water since yesterday , please give us something to eat” Serah cried her face bulging.
“We won’t survive to travel if you leave us this way ” she begged desperately. I didn’t answer l just walked out pretending not to have heard and l could hear her cry loudly from outside.
“Give her that bag from the car and remove the plastic with food and water” l told my boy ,
” their punishment is over but am not taking them to the airport let them find their way to the lodge or something” l added as l scrolled on my phone checking the details on the copys of the tickets l had taken from the originals l had received that morning for them.
I went back inside and handed them the tickets as they opened the food like hungry dogs. I threw them on the bed ,
” you are free to go. If you do anything as silly as reporting to the Police. Am sure l don’t need to spell out what l will do, plus you confessed to your intended crimes remember that” l told then with a serious face ,
” you and me we end here. You don’t know me and l have no idea who you are. Just do me a favour , tomorrow when you get on a flight to your country , call my wife and let her know you are both safe. From then it’s never to look back , am l clear enough ?” I asked..
“It’s clear man” Jay responded , l turned to look at Serah who was now eating her food hungrily.
” Yes Ackim it’s clear ” she nodded licking her lips..
“Well then, your bags are here. Find your way to the station and tomorrow morning, the airport in Ndola. I would suggest you leave this town today , remember am watching” l said as l left the room with a smile..
“Thank you” l heard Jay scream at my back ,
“you are a strange and unique man. I will never forget this” he added as l got into the car.
My mind was wild with thinking about my life and things that had happened. I sighed as l came to stop at a T junction waiting for the cars in the main road to pass. I hoped so much all will be okey from then.
I really needed to live peacefully and without so much drama. I silently wished my trip to Lusaka will turn out well and my plea to resign will be considered.
I looked at the recordings in the back seat and sighed. I had to let Paula hear them before the end of the day , she deserved to know what evil her so-called friends had against her.
To be continued