In exactly 30 minutes we entered kitwe . All the time as we moved , Jane remained quite . I was too upset with her to even look at her face .
Jim grabbed a ciggarate from the bonet and lit it , one for you ? He asked me .
No I will pass , I told him shrugging . I have not smoked in a year .
Mmmmm staying healthy uh ? He asked with a laugh .
Yeah , I stopped when my wife was pregnant , she wouldn’t let me smoke and get close to her man plus she insisted l had to quit before our kids were born . I smiled at the thought of that .
I remembered I sat outside on the corridor as I took in a cigarrate ,Paula came and sat a step away from me , come here my love why are you sitting away ? I asked looking at her . She was almost 3 Months pregnant then .
I thought we talked about smoking Ackim , that smoke is not good for you , besides if you insist l will make sure you won’t come any closer if you take in that poison , she added making a face and to punish me further that night , she chased me from the bedroom to the spare room .
Please love let me in I can’t sleep alone here I complained seated by the door , she had locked herself in . I tried brushing my teeth and assure her I was not smelling any cigarette but she wouldn’t just open .
I recalled retiring to the other room upset . How painful it felt staying away from her , it was like she was part of my body and being away the whole night was really a torture .
She came to the room in the morning and laughed so hard at how I was curled up in the bed . I hope you will never smoke again she teased walking way .
I ran to her before she could close the door , oh no not again I told her, you can’t punish me the whole night and expect to be free this morning , I told her as I grabbed her back to the bed .
She smiled as I lay her down on the bed . I first kissed her tummy to say good Morning to the kids and went up as she closed her eyes .
I had kissed her and caressed her until she was breathless and I left her . Oh no Ackim she screamed following me to the sitting room . How dare you leave me like this she cried as she chased me .
Uh so you thought you would get away with that punishment you gave me ? I asked as she sat down powerless . I laughed as she pretended to be crying .
I am going to find a man outside to finish what you have failed to do she shouted walking to the door .
I caught her by the door and kissed her leading her back to the couch in the sitting room , tell me you will never leave me out again I whispered as I touched her most sensitive parts . She mourned as she nodded , mmmmmm I can’t hear you I whispered kissing her ears .
I won’t, promise you won’t smoke again she said looking into my eyes even after we fell back down panting she still reminded me of not smoking and I knew I had to take a step to stop and since that day I had not smoked .
Recalling such moments made me shed a tear , thankfully it was dark in the car no one could see l was crying . I missed my woman and I knew if not for Jane and the other people who were determined to hurt us l would be curled up with her that moment .
So ? I finally spoke up as I parked in front of the lodge on the address , is this the place I cleared my throat as I turned to look at Jane .
Yes she answered in a low tone . Tell me which room they are keeping my kids ? I asked her sternly .
I told you I don’t know all the details she responded carelessly , I was only told it’s this place but I am not aware of anything else .
Lie to me Jane and I swear you won’t see the sun today I warned as I got out . I was driving the land cruiser and I was glad I used that car cause it was black , it wasn’t easy to spot especially in the dark.
Jim followed me outside and I asked him to stay back and watch out as I went to check out the place .
I used a tactic I learned from the military to always check out the camp of the enemy before attacking , moving around I took in the yard of the lodge from the Wall fence .
I saw a guard at the gate and as I approached I noticed he was fast asleep.I didn’t want to risk anyone knowing I was around but again getting in illegally would cause problems for me .
So I shrugged and went to kick the guard slightly . He woke up with a start ,
who are you ? he asked his face still sleepy . I could see his fat face from the light that shown around the gate.
Take it easy I told him calmly , now if you tell me what I need to know and give me the correct information this will be yours I said showing him some K100 notes .
He looked at my hands and licked his lips wanting to grab it .
Oh no I whispered , first things first , tell me if any one walked in the lodge with babies ? I asked . The children are twins I added , now did you see any of such ?
He stayed quite as though trying hard to remember . Hey I told him I don’t have the whole day . Look am not a criminal , those people you saw took my twins and I know they are here , all I need is for you to confirm you saw something and leave the rest to me I told him holding his shoulder making sure my grip was strong enough to make him know who was in charge .
He winced a bit before speaking up .
I saw an elderly woman and a man walk in some hours ago .
Good now thats more like it , l patted his shoulder . Now second favour , watch out here for me as I go inside , don’t do anything stupid cause if you do, I won’t pay you this money but your reward will be a deep grave I added as I stood from where I had squat close to him .
Walking to the reception I met a tall and light lady who smiled widely . Good evening Sir , she greeted happily .
It’s morning I smiled back .
Oh yeah Morning it is , she chuckled . So how may I help you ? She asked .
I went close to her and whispered . I really need your help beautiful, and if you help me I know I will never forget your beautiful face I said flirting .
She smiled , well let’s hear what the gentleman wants .
I told her my mother was lodging there with my kids and that my wife had ran away so I needed to see her cause her phone was off .
Oh am sorry you are going through that with your wife , so tell me what’s the name of this your mother so I check her room number .
You see that’s the problem , she just got my kids and didn’t tell me so I must presume she isn’t using her real names I told her seriously with a sad face .
She shook her head , am sorry I can’t give you that information then , you have to understand . lt’s policy .
Oh please I begged.I need to see my children please help a poor and desperate man I told her. I know you can help , if I cause any trouble please call the police on me . lf you want take me there yourself and you will see am not lying .
She was quite for some time and finally sighed ,ok I will tell you the room but please don’t sell me out..
You are an angel I smiled . I wish l married you instead of my wife who is causing me trouble I flirt smilling and I saw her smile back .
I walked to the room I was told , looking at my watch it was almost 02 am .
I knocked softly on the door and waited , it was quite for a while and l knocked again and this time I heard a female voice ask ,who is there ?
Sorry Madam am the room service man , we have a problem with our Dstv and I need to check on your TV , I spoke in a tuned voice .
Oh am sorry am sleeping I heard Chikola answer. We are not using the TV right now .
I understand madam but the thing is the connection to the other room is from your room and the other guest is complaining it won’t take a minute I said .
Slowly I saw the door open , before she could see who was by the door . I quickly pushed back the door and it hit her in the face pushing her down to the floor .