Echoes of loneliness
Part 39 – First Meeting, Real Connection
Me: You really look beautiful
Wame: (Smiles) Thank you
Me: Where on earth did you get that car?
I pointed at her car.
Wame: My aunt bought it for me
She then winked at me. I guess she took Rita’s car.
Me: (Smiles) It’s beautiful
Wame: Thank you. This place looks lovely. It’s so relaxing
Me: It is. Let us go inside. There’s a restaurant inside
Wame: Sure. I am really hungry
Me: Don’t worry, you’ll soon be okay
We went inside.
Me: Please tell me about yourself and your family
Wame: Well, where do I begin?
Me: From your age
Wame: Well, I am twenty two years old and I have a little sister. Her name is Warona and she is four years old. We live with our… (Laughs) our aunt
I know exactly why she’s laughing. We’ve been through this before and Rita is not her aunt but her enemy. If we don’t go through this introduction phase, then Rita and Joseph are definitely going to suspect us. They are obviously going to listen to our conversation when Wame goes back to the orphanage.
Me: What’s your aunt’s name?
Wame could not stop laughing. She’ll ruin everything for us.
Me: Lovely name
Wame: I know
I also laughed. What the hell is Tari?
Me: But what is Tari?
Wame: My aunt’s name
Me: But why Tari?
Wame: I don’t know
Me: You know what? Let’s just eat
Me: I have an idea. Let’s just be free. Talk about everything. I’ll edit the recording, change our words and delete other parts before you go back to the orphanage
Wame: Really? Can you do that?
Me: I promise
Wame: Please don’t break your promise
Me: (Smiles) I won’t, don’t worry
Wame: (Smiles) I trust you. So tell me, where’s Keith?
Me: He’s at work. He believes that Joshua was behind Marsha’s accident
Wame: Are you serious?
Wame: It’s possible. Joshua was not at the orphanage when Keith was there. He was really nowhere to be seen
Me: Well, Jasmine will have to suffer for his mistake
Wame: Jasmine? Who’s Jasmine?
Me: Joshua’s wife
Me: Don’t you know that he’s got a wife?
Me: I guess he doesn’t want people to know
Wame: He’s forever in Alicia’s bed, does he really have a wife?
Me: Yes but who’s Alicia?
Wame: Uhm… Some girl at the orphanage. She’s exactly your age. When I was twenty years old, she was twenty three years old and she thought that she could control me but she failed
Me: Wow so you’ve been staying there for two years?
Me: That’s bad
Wame: You can say that again
Me: But everything will be fine soon, don’t worry
Me: You are welcome. So tell me, how did you come up with the name Tari?
Wame: It comes from the name Rita
Me: (Laughs) Oh my goodness, I am so slow
Wame: Oh yes you are
Me: It feels like I’ve known you for so many years
Wame: Right? I also feel that way
Me: We have a great connection
Wame: That’s true. You are my best friend, believe me
Me: (Smiles) Is that a good thing?
Me: Never mind. Let’s take a walk
Me: Did you enjoy your meal?
Me: Perfect. Guess what?
Wame: Uhh… Please just tell me
Me: I cooked
Wame: But how?
Me: I asked the owner of this place for permission to use the kitchen and cook for us. I know him very well so it was easy. Actually I want you to meet him
Wame: Who is he?
Me: Tumelo. He is my best friend
Wame: Oh, well I will meet him later. Let’s just take a walk. I want to spend the day with you
Me: (Smiles) You are so sweet
Wame: (Smiles) I try
We got up and took a walk.
Wame: Please tell me about my parents, Aunt Nina and The Samuels
Me: How about we just enjoy the day and forget about all of our problems today?
Wame: But you told me that you’ll tell me everything face to face
Me: I know but it doesn’t have to be today, please
Wame: Okay then
Me: Plus Keith is the one who knows everything. Keith and Thabang can tell you everything you want to know. They’ve met you when you were still very young and it’s my first time meeting you today
Wame: Okay then, I understand
Me: (Smiles) Sure
Wame: It feels so good to be free again after two years but now I miss my sister. That girl is my life
Me: I understand. I am sure she is also missing you
Wame: (Smiles) So tell me, why don’t you have a girlfriend?
Me: I told you that I am always busy
Wame: But you made time for me today
Me: It’s because you are different
Wame: Is that all?
I am actually lying.
Wame: Are you sure that you are not in love with me? I know that I am a catch
Me: Well, I…
Wame: (Laughs) I am just kidding. Let it go
Oh thank you, God. You just saved me. I mean I am in love with Wame. Why else would I give her all of my attention if I wasn’t in love with her? I don’t have female friends and I don’t want female friends.
Once I give a female my attention, it means that I want her to be mine. Even Tumelo, Thabang and Keith are aware of this.
Tumelo was so worried when I first told him about Wame. Well, I didn’t really tell him about Wame, he saw how glued I was to my phone and he immediately understood everything. He was worried because he knows that I don’t befriend females at all so obviously he knew that I am into Wame and he thought that it is still too soon.
Wame: (Smiles) I know. Alex, today I am very happy
Me: First meeting, real connection. Well, I am also very happy
Wame: Do you believe in love?
Me: Yes, I do
Wame: That’s nice
Me: Do you?
Wame: Yes, I do
Me: Even after everything that happened to you?
Wame: Yes but I don’t want a boyfriend or a husband
Me: But why not?
Wame: Because I am dirty
Wame: Uhm… Uhh… I mean… Never mind. I don’t want to talk about it
Me: So don’t you ever want to get married?
She just broke my heart but I’ll have to change her mind as time goes by.
Me: Okay, fine then
Wame: The day you get married, give me the first invitation
I will never get married if it’s not getting married to you.
Me: I never want to get married
Wame: But why?
Me: Because… Uhh… I want to be exactly like you
Wame: (Laughs) You do?
Wame: You are crazy
Me: I know. We are a great team, aren’t we?
Me: Give me your hand
I held her hand.
Me: I want to hold your hand like this forever
She hugged me.
Wame: You are so sweet. Thank you for everything
I broke off the hug and looked into her eyes.
Me: I will never turn my back on you, I promise you that I will give you back your happiness. I swear on my sister’s grave and on my brother’s life
Tears streamed down her face.
Wame: Thank you so much. You are truly the best
Hold on. Wame told me that she do not cry anymore. Are these tears that I am seeing? How is she crying after so many months? She really told me that she can’t cry anymore, not because she doesn’t get hurt but because she doesn’t have tears anymore.
So it’s a good thing for her to be crying, right? I mean it’s not normal for a person not to cry for a year and some months. This is really good. Hopefully she’s healing.
Part 40 – Secret Meeting
[Few Hours Later]
I was at home (my house) when Joshua called me. He just told me that Jasmine was attacked and she’s hospitalized. I hope that everything will be fine.
I can’t go to the hospital because I am very busy with work, that’s why I decided not to go back to the orphanage today.
Rita walked in. I hope she’s not here to irritate me again. There’s really a lot going on right now.
Me: What do you want?
Rita: Wame came back with the recording device
Me: Let’s listen to the conversation then
We listened to Alex and Wame’s conversation.
Me: They really get along
Rita: But did she have to call me Tari? What is that?
Me: Is that all you care about?
Rita: No but that’s not a lovely name
Me: Is Rita a lovely name? Just shut up
Rita: (Cries) Joseph, why do you always do this to me?
Me: Don’t start with your tears. We should finish listening to those two’s conversation. I have a lot of work to do so please stop it
Rita: Do you still love me?
Me: Rita, don’t
Rita: Answer me
Me: Stop it or leave my house
Rita: This is also my house
Me: Rita, please keep quiet. I am not in the mood to argue with you
Me: Where’s Wame?
Rita: Back at the orphanage
Me: When is she meeting with Alex again?
Rita: I don’t know. She’ll let us know
Me: Wipe those tears, I don’t want to see them
Rita: You are a very bad man
Me: Well, you are married to this bad man so get used to your life and shut up
She stormed out of my office crying like a little baby. She’ll be fine. She’s really full of drama. This is not the time for me to run after her.
For the first time in forever, I shed tears. I guess it’s a good thing. It’s what everyone wanted, right? Well, I was beginning to think that I am abnormal. At least now I know that I am okay. I don’t know how Alex’s words managed to make me cry, it was like a miracle.
Today was really a great day. Alex and I get along so well, it’s amazing.
Before I left, I met Tumelo. He’s really a nice guy. He’s a good friend to Alex. He reminds me of Ayanda.
Even after everything that happened between me and Ayanda, I still have love for Ayanda, it’s really crazy.
Well, I gave Rita the edited recording. She and Joseph will definitely hear everything they want to hear. They really won’t know what hit them.
[An Hour Later]
I decided to tell Michaela everything she wanted to know but I didn’t tell her the real plan between me and the lads. I also didn’t tell her that I knew Alex even before I was asked to get closer to him. Michaela only knows the things that Rita and Joseph asked me to do and she doesn’t understand why I am helping them.
Michaela: Why are you helping them?
Me: Micky, sometimes I am very secretive and I think it’s for the best
Me: Let it go
Michaela: I thought you hate them
Me: I do
Michaela: So why are you helping them?
Me: Please trust me
Michaela: Wame, what is going on? Please tell me everything
Michaela: I want to help you
Me: For how long have you been staying here? More than two years, right?
Me: Well I’ve been staying here for two years
Michaela: What’s your point?
Me: My point is that you’ve been here long before me but you couldn’t help everyone out of this place so what makes you think that you’ll be able to help me?
Michaela: Wow, that hurts
Me: It’s tough love, please leave my bedroom. I need to take a nap
Michaela: You are…
Me: I really love you. You and I are good friends but sometimes don’t expect me to tell you everything. I don’t want to tell you everything then lose you like the way I lost Ayanda
Michaela: Oh, I see
Michaela: But I am not like Ayanda
Me: I know but people change
Michaela: You still love her, don’t you?
I kept quiet.
Michaela: Answer me
Me: Is it a crime?
Me: Yes, I still love her. I really do. Now go ahead and call me a fool
Michaela: You are not a fool, Wame. I understand exactly how you feel
Me: You do?
Michaela: Yes, I do
Me: I hope so
Michaela: I really understand and I am sorry for troubling you
Me: (Smiles) It’s okay
Michaela: (Smiles) You won’t lose me, I promise
Me: Don’t say that. We don’t know what might happen in the future
Michaela: But I know what I am talking about
Me: Okay then, Micky. Please leave. I need to take a nap before Warona wakes up
Michaela: (Smiles) Sure
She hugged me and left.
I am not helping Rita and Joseph because I love helping them, I am only helping them because I know that they are digging their own graves. What’s the best way to say goodbye to your enemies? – HELP THEM DIG UP THEIR OWN GRAVES.
I laughed and joined Warona in bed.
[Two Weeks Later]
Rita’s car belongs to me now. Joseph told me that I can take it since I love it. Rita was not happy but she just had to agree.
I was approaching Joseph’s bedroom when I heard him talking to Rita and Joshua about me, Alex and Keith so I didn’t go in. I stood outside the door and listened to their conversation.
Joseph: Wame and Alex are pretty close right now and Wame met Keith yesterday. Keith likes her so what are you saying to us, Joshua?
JS: Joseph, I am telling you the truth. Keith knows Wame. Yes, Wame forgot Keith because you said she lost her memory after the fire but Keith definitely knows Wame and I can’t trust Wame anymore. Keith will turn Wame against us
Rita: How can Keith turn Wame against us if Wame did not tell him about us?
JS: Before we know it, Keith will find out everything on his own. He’s not stupid
Joseph: Yes, he’s not stupid but he still doesn’t know anything about Wame’s aunt
Rita: And I don’t think he’ll even suspect that Wame stays with us
JS: Okay fine. Let me ask the two of you a question. What’s going to happen once Keith and Alex request to meet Wame’s precious aunt, Tari?
Joseph: We’ll give them Tari
Joseph: A stranger. It doesn’t have to be Rita
Rita: Exactly, Josh. Alex and Keith have not seen my pictures so just relax. Plus I am not Wame’s aunt nor is my name Tari. I hate that girl, she took my car
JS: Alex is smart but Keith is the smartest, believe me. He’ll figure out everything very soon and it’s going to be over. Just hide another recording device on Wame’s favorite bracelet. There’s a bracelet that she loves so much, she never takes it off. Hide the recording device and don’t tell her about it
Joseph: Rita and I trust Wame
JS: I know but sometimes you have to be one step ahead and be very careful
Joseph: Okay, we’ll do as you say
JS: Thank you
Rita: I’ll have to get hold of Wame’s bracelet but I don’t know how
JS: Just make a plan
Rita: Yes, I will
Wow, I can’t believe what I just heard. Joshua is becoming a problem and I don’t like it. I have to talk to Alex.
Thank God, I heard everything I needed to hear. I am going to be one step ahead. I’ll make sure that The Samuels fail in everything they do.
To be continued…