ECHOES OF LONELINESS
Part 25 – Distraction Two
Rita is here to tell me that we are going out today. Obviously the little ones are not going out, they are never allowed to go out.
I actually saw someone who looks like Alex at the mall. I can’t wait to get home and chat with him. He’s really amazing. He’s my distraction.
[Few Hours Later]
Was I dreaming or did I really see Lesego at the mall today? She was with some girls and she was also surrounded by the bodyguards. She must be from a very rich family. I mean why else would she be surrounded by the bodyguards?
My friend, Tumelo walked in. I was just chilling in my bedroom, holding on to my phone, waiting for Lesego to text me.
Tumelo: The last time you held onto your phone like that was when you were in love with that skank you met online. Are you in love?
Tumelo: Put your phone down then
Me: Stay out of my business, please
Tumelo: Why do you always believe in finding love on social media? Are you crazy?
Me: Did I tell you that I am in love?
Tumelo: Who is she?
Me: Who is who?
Tumelo: The person you are chatting with
Me: She’s just a girl I met on Facebook, it’s nothing serious. We are just friends
Tumelo: I really don’t want to see you getting hurt again. Leave social media girls alone, they are not good for you and you know that
Me: You are always quick to judge
Tumelo: I am your friend and I care about you. I am not going to let social media girls hurt you again
Me: I’ve heard you
Me: Yes, no need to remind me about my past relationships
Tumelo: Who is she?
Me: Lesego. I had her on Facebook for almost two years now and I started talking to her today
Me: I don’t know why
Tumelo: Don’t fall for her
Me: I won’t, just relax
Tumelo: Where is she from?
Me: I don’t know
Tumelo: What exactly do you know about her?
Me: I know that she’s very nice and she makes me laugh
Tumelo: You started talking to her today and you think that she’s nice?
Tumelo: You are heading to the wrong direction, friend
Me: Am I?
Tumelo: Yes. Look at yourself right now
Tumelo: You are waiting for her to text you, she’s not good for you
Me: Leave me alone
Tumelo: She’s not going to text you
Me: Why do you say that?
Tumelo: Because she’s just like the rest
Tumelo: You don’t know her
Me: You also don’t know her
Tumelo: Alex, you are…
Lesego sent me a message on Facebook. I smiled and looked at my friend.
Me: She just texted me
Tumelo: What is she saying?
Me: It’s not your business
Lesego: Hey Alex
Lesego: What’s wrong?
Me: You’ve been getting the door forever
Lesego: I am sorry (With a laughing face)
Me: You are so horrible. I’ve been waiting for you for ages
Lesego: I am sorry. I had a lot to do
Me: Like going to the mall?
Lesego: Yes. Hold on. How do you know that I was at the mall?
Me: I think I might have seen you there
Lesego: Me too (With a smiling face)
Me: Wow, you are really beautiful, Lesego
Lesego: Thank you, Alex
Me: Are you in trouble?
Lesego: No, why?
Me: You were surrounded by the bodyguards
Lesego: They are not my bodyguards
Lesego: Yes. I also don’t want to talk about them
Me: Okay then. Are you mad at me?
Lesego: For what?
Me: For asking you so many questions
Lesego: I am not mad at you
Me: Prove it
Me: Let’s meet
Me: Right now
Lesego: It’s impossible
Lesego: My sister is not feeling okay
Me: Do you have a sister?
Lesego: Yes, I have a beautiful, little sister. She’s my world
Me: That’s beautiful
Lesego: Do you have a sister?
Me: No, I don’t
Me: Yes, I have an elder brother
Lesego: Wow, that’s amazing
Me: I know. He’s also my world
Lesego: How old is he?
Me: He’s twenty nine years old
Lesego: And what about you?
Me: I am twenty five years old. How old are you?
Lesego: I am twenty two years old
Me: Mhmm, not bad (With a winking face)
Lesego: What’s that supposed to mean? (With a tongue out face)
Me: Leave it for another day. How old is your sister?
Me: That’s nice. What’s wrong with her?
Me: You said that she’s not feeling well
Lesego: Oh… Yes, she is
Me: What’s wrong with her?
Me: She’ll be fine, don’t worry
Lesego: Thank you (With a smiling face)
Me: So when am I seeing you?
Lesego: It’s too soon, don’t you think?
Me: No, it’s not. I want to meet up with my beautiful friend
Me: When is soon?
Lesego: I’ll get back to you
Me: Do you promise?
Lesego: Yes, I promise (With a tongue out face)
I couldn’t stop smiling. I like Lesego, she makes me smile.
I looked at Tumelo and winked at him.
Me: Don’t worry about me, Lesego is harmless
Tumelo: But you don’t know her
Me: I have a good feeling about her, just relax. I am not a child anymore. Leave my room, you are disturbing me
Tumelo: Wow. You are already choosing her over me
Me: It’s not like that. Just leave. I’ll be downstairs very soon
Tumelo: Okay, fine
He got up and left the room.
I texted Lesego.
Me: Can I ask you something?
Lesego: Sure. Go ahead
Me: Do you have a boyfriend?
Me: Are you interested in someone?
Lesego: Why are we talking about this?
Me: I am just curious
Lesego: I have to go, we’ll chat later
Me: Please wait
Me: Where do you live?
Me: I already know that. Where in Johannesburg?
Me: Okay, later then
Lesego: Take care
Me: You too (With a winking face)
She sent me a heart and disappeared.
I went downstairs to chill with my friend.
My brother is also here. I am always happy to see him.
Part 26 – The Dream
I lied to Alex and said that my sister is not feeling okay. I feel so bad for lying but he couldn’t stop asking me many questions so I had to do it.
It’s time to go to bed. Michaela came to check up on my sister and I. Well, Warona is fast asleep.
Michaela: Wame, can I please ask you a question?
Michaela: If you were to get out of this place, would you take care of Ayanda?
Me: Take care of Ayanda?
Michaela: Killing her
Warona opened one eye, I could tell that she was listening to us.
Me: We’ll talk tomorrow
Me: My sister is sleeping so I don’t want us to disturb her
Michaela: Ayanda should die with the rest of them
Me: Michaela, please
Michaela: What’s wrong with you? I am not making noise
Me: We’ll talk tomorrow, I promise
Michaela: Okay fine then
Michaela: Goodnight. Please don’t wake up late tomorrow, you and I are going to Thabo’s house
Me: For what?
Michaela: I don’t know. I am just passing the message
Me: Okay fine, I’ll wake up early
Michaela: Sure. Goodnight
Warona pretended to be asleep. This little girl is a snake.
I switched off the lights and fell asleep.
Mrs Daniels: You have failed me. You have failed your father. You have failed your own sister
Me: Mother, what have I done?
Mrs Daniels: Wame, you have to wake up and do something
Me: What are you talking about?
Mrs Daniels: Do something
Me: Something like what?
Mrs Daniels: Wame, wake up
Me: Mother, you are speaking in riddles
Mrs Daniels: Wake up
She began walking away but I ran after her.
Me: Mother, please wait
Mrs Daniels: Wake up, child
Me: Don’t leave me alone, please wait for me
Mrs Daniels: You don’t belong here with me. Just wake up and do something
Me: Something about what?
Mrs Daniels: Rita
Mrs Daniels: I will see you soon
Me: Please show me the way, don’t leave me. I am very lonely. This loneliness is killing me, mother
Mrs Daniels: You have Warona
Me: She’s just a baby
Mrs Daniels: Not anymore
Me: What do you mean?
Mrs Daniels: There is a way, just open your eyes
Me: I’ve tried everything but I failed
Mrs Daniels: Try harder and open your eyes or else I’ll never rest in peace
Me: What should I do?
Mrs Daniels: Goodbye, Wame
Me: Mother, please wait
Mrs Daniels: Don’t come after me
Me: But I need your help
Mrs Daniels: The power is in your hands, just open your eyes
Me: I don’t understand you
Mrs Daniels: You are smart
Me: Not anymore
Mrs Daniels: You are very smart, just open your eyes
Me: Please stop speaking in riddles
Mrs Daniels: Take care of yourself and your sister
Me: Mother, wait
Mrs Daniels: You have failed us. I will never forgive you
Me: I am sorry, please don’t do this to me
Mrs Daniels: Goodbye
I woke up.
I was getting ready for bed when I got a message from Lesego.
Lesego: Hey Alex, are you sleeping?
Me: No. Are you okay?
Lesego: Why are you still awake?
Me: I was busy with some work. Why are you still awake?
Lesego: I just woke up now. I was dreaming about my mom
Me: So you didn’t dream about me?
Lesego: I will dream about you tomorrow
Lesego: Sorry (With a laughing face)
Me: Please tell me about your family?
Lesego: You go first
Me: Okay. Ask me questions and I’ll answer them
Lesego: Okay cool. Is your name really Alex Evans?
Lesego: Are you really twenty five years old?
Me: Yes, I am
Lesego: How many siblings do you have?
Me: I had three but now it’s two
Lesego: What happened to the other one?
Me: She passed away
Me: Yes. I had a sister but she passed away. She was supposed to be twenty two years old just like you
Lesego: I am sorry for your loss
Me: It’s okay
Lesego: So do you have two siblings now?
Me: Correct. My brother and my best friend. I take my best friend as family. He’s really awesome. He’s a real definition of a best friend
Lesego: So you have your brother and your best friend?
Lesego: And what happened to your parents?
Me: They also passed away
Lesego: I am so sorry (With a sad face)
Me: It’s really okay
Lesego: Do you miss them?
Me: Please don’t make me cry (With a sad face)
Lesego: I am sorry. I won’t ask you about them again. Of course you miss them, I am really sorry
Me: Stop apologizing
Lesego: My mom taught me well, I should always apologize when I am wrong
Me: You are so sweet (With a smiling face)
Lesego: I try (With a tongue out face)
Me: So are you done asking me questions?
Lesego: No. How old is your brother?
Me: He’s twenty nine years old
Lesego: Wow, that’s amazing. How is it like to have an elder brother?
Me: It’s amazing. My brother is awesome. He is the one who raised me. Actually he’s like a mother and a father to me. He’s my world
Lesego: Are you always this sweet?
Me: I try (With a laughing face)
Lesego: Copy cat (With a laughing face). Tell me, is your brother handsome like you?
Me: He’s handsome but not like me (With a tongue out face)
Lesego: What’s that supposed to mean?
Me: I am a ten and he’s a nine
Lesego: Oh, I see (With a winking face)
Me: You should stop talking about my brother, he’s off the market
Lesego: I didn’t say that I want him (With a laughing face)
Me: Well, I am just warning you (With a laughing face)
Lesego: So is he really taken?
Me: Yes, he’s married
Lesego: MARRIAGE???!!! (With a shocked face)
Me: Yeah, he’s someone’s husband
Lesego: Do you get along with his wife?
Me: Yes, she’s a good person. She’s not like a sister in-law to me, she’s like a real sister
Lesego: That’s amazing. So do you live with them?
Me: As old as I am? Hell no. I stay alone
Lesego: That’s nice, you have your own privacy
Me: True, dear
Lesego: What’s your brother’s name?
Me: I am now getting jealous, why do you keep on asking about my brother? Please ask about me
Lesego: Jealousy makes you nasty (With a laughing face)
I was really getting jealous, I couldn’t help it.
Me: I am going to kidnap you
Lesego: That would be God’s work. I’d be grateful
Lesego: Never mind (With a winking face)
Me: Are you always this weird?
Lesego: I try
Me: Wow (With laughing faces)
Lesego: Don’t laugh at me
Me: Will I really see you soon?
Me: And when is that?
Lesego: I’ll let you know
Me: Okay cool. It’s my turn now
Lesego: What turn?
Me: To ask you about your family
Lesego: I am sleepy, dear
Me: You have started
Lesego: Sorry, but I promise to tell you about my family tomorrow
Me: It’s already the next day
Lesego: Well, around 15:00
Me: Do you promise?
Lesego: Yes, dear
Me: Don’t break your promise
Lesego: I won’t. I really enjoy chatting with you, you make me forget about my problems
Me: Do you have problems?
Me: I don’t
Lesego: You do, believe me
Me: If you say so
Lesego: Goodnight, Alex
Me: Goodnight, Lesego
She sent me a heart and disappeared. I also sent her a heart. She’ll see it when she comes back.
She’s right, I also have a problem. My problem is that I am very heartless and I can’t wait to teach the Samuels a lesson for what they did to my brother and I in the past. I heard that their orphanage is now a mansion. I am not going to spare them, that’s my problem but it’s a good problem.
To be continued…