ECHOES OF LONELINESS
Part 51 – Bomb Shell
We arrived at the hospital. Hold on, what is aunt Nina doing here? Did she really come with me? Who asked her to come with me? She is going to see Thabang. I have to do something.
Me: Aunt, what are you doing here?
Me: What are you doing here?
Nina: What’s that supposed to mean? I came here with you
Me: You did?
Nina: Have you lost your mind?
Did I really bring her with me?
Me: Oh. Please go back to the car
Nina: No. I want to see my son
Me: What son? Didn’t you tell me that your son is not alive?
Nina: Wame, don’t play games with me. You said that my son brought Warona here
Me: Did I?
Nina: Yes. Let’s go
She led the way. She wasn’t ready to listen to me.
Oh my goodness, Thabang is coming our way. What do I do? He’s not even looking at us and my phone is in the car.
I ran after aunt Nina.
Me: Aunt, please let’s go home. I… We…
Nina: Keep quiet
Before I could even pull her away, she walked straight into Thabang. She was so shocked. What have I done?
Nina: Thabang? You… You are alive?
Me: No, aunt Nina. He’s not your son. He’s…
Nina: Shut up, Wame
I kept quiet. There’s nothing I can do right now.
Thabang: Mother, what are you doing here? Wame, are you mad?
Me: It was a mistake. I am sorry
Nina: Wame, I can’t believe that you did this to me. Why did…
Me: I have to go to my sister
Thabang: She’s at…
Me: I know where she is. The receptionist told me
I immediately walked away from them. I agree that I made a mistake but I am not getting involved. I just can’t.
I found my sister sleeping.
Me: Doctor, what’s wrong with her?
Doctor: She ate something that she’s allergic to and she caught a cold
Me: Allergy? But… Oh my goodness, I am the one who gave her food. I almost killed her. I was so caught up in my thoughts that I didn’t realize I gave her something that she shouldn’t eat
Doctor: It’s okay. She’s fine now. She vomited everything she ate today. Please give her something to eat when she wakes up. Her stomach is empty
Me: Okay doctor, I will
Doctor: I will prescribe some medicine for her. It’s normal for children to catch a cold, you know. She’ll be fine. You must just get her medicine and give it to her everyday and please don’t feed her the wrong food next time
Me: Yes, doctor
Doctor: I’ll be in my office
Me: Okay. Thank you for everything
Doctor: You are welcome
He walked out.
I sat down and just looked at Waro. She was sleeping so peacefully. I even took pictures of her. I couldn’t help it, she’s very beautiful.
[Ten Minutes Later]
Alex walked in. I don’t know who called him but I am happy that he’s here. I ran to him and hugged him.
Me: Thanks for coming
Alex: It’s okay. What happened?
I told him everything and I was shocked when he just stared at me.
Alex: I wish I could slap you right now. How do you feed a child something you know she doesn’t eat?
Me: It was a mistake
Alex: How do you make such a mistake?
Me: Fine Mr perfect, I deserve that
Alex: I am sorry. In the future don’t be careless with my child or else I’ll bury you alive
Me: Who said that I’ll ever have children with you?
Me: It’s nice to dream
Alex: One day I’ll remind you of this day
Me: Fine then
Alex: Wame, I saw Thabang and Nina outside. How did all of this happen?
Me: My mistake again
Me: Aunt Nina told me that I was the one who came here with her
Alex: And what do you say?
Me: I don’t remember anything. I was worried about my sister. I might have told her everything but… Uhh… I am sorry
He just kept quiet.
Alex: I’ve got no words for you
Alex: Do you even remember that you are the one who texted me to come here?
Me: Did I?
Me: Mr perfect, please don’t forget that I am not perfect like you
Alex: I am not perfect but I always remember the things I say or do
Me: So what did you say to me the time you were sleeping?
Alex: Why would I speak while sleeping?
Me: So you don’t know that you sleep talk?
Alex: Me? No, I don’t
Me: You do
Alex: There’s nothing like sleep talking
Me: There is
Alex: You sound like Keith right now. Please stop it
Me: You are not perfect Alex, just like everyone else
Alex: I never said that I am perfect
Me: You are making noise
Alex: You are making noise, not me
Me: What a monkey. Please leave
Alex: I just got here
Me: I don’t care, just go
Alex: Okay Wame, I am sorry. Please don’t tell me to go
I just kept quiet.
Alex: Please forgive me
Me: Okay, fine
He kissed my cheek.
Alex: I love you
Me: I love you too
Alex: Let’s sit down
Me: Sure. I don’t even get why we had to argue
Alex: Me too but I guess it’s your fault
Alex: (Smiles) I am just pulling your leg
Me: Alex, I have Joseph’s documents. Will you go through them with me?
Alex: What documents?
Me: Let me tell you what happened when I went to see him
I told him everything.
Alex: I’ll go with you to the orphanage later
Me: To my home not orphanage. The orphanage does not exist anymore. That mansion belongs to me and my family members
Alex: Family members?
Me: The orphans
Alex: That’s good. You should sign the papers before it’s too late
Me: Yes, I will. Please look after my sister, I am going to the doctor’s office for her medicine prescription
Alex: Okay baby
I went to the doctor’s office.
[An Hour Later]
I honestly don’t know where Thabang and aunt Nina disappeared to. I just hope that everything is fine.
Waro is still asleep but I took her back home. Alex came with us, of course.
We went through the papers and I signed them. We also got to spend time together without Waro disturbing us.
Me: Keith and Thabang are going to UK tomorrow, do you know that, Alex?
Alex: No. What are they going to do there?
Me: To get Ayanda’s father arrested. You have to do something. I don’t want Ayanda to suffer
Alex: Ayanda, your friend?
Alex: Sorry, I am not getting involved
Me: Did her father get rich by doing what Joseph used to do?
Alex: I don’t know anything
Me: But how come?
Alex: Thabang and Keith did not tell me anything and I don’t want to know
Me: But why?
Alex: Because I don’t want to get involved
Me: Okay, no problem. Do you know Adam Jones?
Alex: Yes, he’s Thabang’s father
Alex: Are you talking about the Samuels’ lawyer?
Alex: He’s Thabang’s father
Okay, I didn’t see this one coming.
Me: Are you serious?
Me: Does he know his son?
Alex: Yes. That man is evil. He’s just like Joseph. He was married to Nina but when Nina refused to support his bad ways, he divorced her. Thabang was just young
Me: (Giggles) And what about you?
Alex: (Giggles) Obviously I was also very young but I was told everything by Keith
Me: Does Thabang know about Adam?
Alex: Yes, very well and he doesn’t care about him at all
Me: It looks like Adam found another woman. He’s got a son
Me: Yes. I found his son’s photo lying on the floor. It’s in my wallet, check it
Alex: No babe, I am not interested. I don’t like that man so I don’t want to see his son
Me: Fine then. Do you think that Adam looks like Thabang?
Alex: No. Thabang looks like Nina
Me: I know that so is Adam…
Alex: Babe, please stop talking about Adam. I told you that I don’t like him
Me: I am sorry
I will have to talk to Keith. Alex is only interested in me and nobody else.
I swear to God, Adam’s son looks like someone but it’s definitely not his brother, Thabang. Alex does not even want to check out his photo. He’s not helping me right now so I will visit Keith tomorrow.
Part 52 – Arrested
[Thirty Minutes Later]
My beautiful sister woke up. Tears streamed down my face. I was really feeling guilty. Because of Adam’s son, I almost killed my own sister.
Me: Hey baby
Warona: Hey sister. Why are you crying?
Me: Because I… You scared me
Me: You were crying so much. Are you okay now?
Me: Were you playing with cold water at creche?
Warona: No, why?
Me: You caught a cold, baby
Warona: I didn’t play with water, sister
Warona: Sister, I enjoyed the food you gave to me earlier on. It was very delicious but why didn’t you ever prepare that for me?
Me: Because you don’t eat that food. It makes you sick. Please forgive me, I am sorry
Warona: I ate that food, why are you saying that I…
Me: Baby, you shouldn’t eat that food again. You were at the hospital because of me and my carelessness. Sorry
Warona: Sister, I am not angry, don’t cry
She wiped off my tears.
Me: (Smiles) Thank you
Warona: (Smiles) Okay. Where’s my doll?
Me: Which doll?
Warona: You owe me a doll
Me: (Smiles) I’ll buy it tomorrow, I promise
Warona: Pinky promise?
Me: Brother Alex is here
Me: He went to Michaela’s room to see brother Tumelo
Warona: Brother Tumelo? Sister Michaela’s room?
Me: Yes. Don’t ask me questions
Warona: What is brother Tumelo doing in sister Michaela’s room?
Me: How am I supposed to know? Please keep quiet, you always want to know a lot
Warona: Sorry. I am hungry
Me: I know. I’ll get you something to eat, just stay here, don’t go anywhere
Me: Because you are still weak
Warona: Okay sister
Me: I love you so much
Warona: Me too
Me: You too?
Me: Say it
Warona: (Giggles) I love you too
Me: (Smiles) Really?
Warona: (Smiles) Yes
Me: Okay sweetheart, I’ll be right back
Warona: Okay. Don’t take too long
Me: Okay my darling
I kissed her forehead and went to the kitchen.
[Few Minutes Later]
I found Alex with Waro and Mpho in my room.
Me: Mpho, have you heard from Thabang?
Mpho: No, I haven’t
Me: I hope that everything is fine. Don’t worry, Alex will take you home
Alex: No, you are wrong. I am not going to do such a thing
Alex is something else.
Me: Why not?
Alex: Because I have work to do
He’s lying to me.
Me: Okay babe. I’ll take her home
Mpho: No need Wame, I will just call a taxi
Me: No, I will not allow you to do that. I’ll take you home
Mpho: Are you sure?
Mpho: Okay, thank you
Me: (Smiles) You are welcome. Let me feed my sister then we’ll go
Mpho: (Smiles) Sure
Alex: I’ll stay with Warona
Didn’t he say that he’s got work to do? Wow.
Me: Okay babe, no problem
Warona: Babe? Why are you calling him babe?
Me: Sorry, I made a mistake
Warona: (Giggles) Babe
Me: What’s funny?
Warona: You are funny
Me: Am I?
Warona: Yes. I heard the witch calling Joseph babe so why are you calling brother Alex babe? Why?
Me: Just shut up, madam big mouth
Me: Shut up
This girl is naughty.
Me: I brought you something to eat. Please sit straight
I fed her then gave her medication.
I drove Mpho to her place then went back home. I’ve tried calling Thabang to no avail. I am so worried.
[Few Hours Later]
Aunt Nina came back home and it’s late at night. She refused to talk to me and went straight to her room. I think that she was crying.
Warona is sleeping with Kate in the room that used to belong to Rita.
I wonder why Michaela is not sleeping with her sister today. Probably she’s still with Tumelo. She was the one who begged me to let Warona sleep with Kate.
Well, I got the room to myself and Alex. Alex never went home and he never had work to do. He just didn’t want to take Mpho home.
I can’t help it tonight, I am definitely getting lucky. Warona is not around to disturb us. Alex and I will have fun the whole night.
[Three Days Later]
I can’t believe that Keith and Thabang went to UK without saying goodbye to me. They didn’t even say goodbye to Alex. They just called us today and told us that they are already in UK. Truly speaking, I don’t want Ayanda’s father to go down because Ayanda will be hurt.
The last time I saw Thabang was when he met his mother for the first time after so many years. I still don’t know what happened between the two of them. Aunt Nina is still not talking to me.
I never even got a chance to go see Keith regarding Adam’s son but at least I gave the papers back to Adam. Joseph’s wealth is now mine and he’ll never get it back.
Warona is still weak but she’ll be fine. She’s always taking her medication. I’ve stopped her from going to creche until she gets well.
Alex is always around and I appreciate him for that. He really cares about me and Warona. He’d definitely make a great father. He’s so good with Warona. Today I haven’t seen him or heard from him. His phone is off and he’s not at work or his house. I really don’t know what’s happening. I looked for him and I couldn’t find him. I am so worried.
I went back home and found Warona playing with aunt Nina. You wouldn’t tell that she’s sick. She’s still the happiest.
The moment I walked in the room, aunt Nina walked out. She didn’t even say anything to me. I greeted her and she didn’t respond.
Warona: Sister, why are you worried?
Me: I am not worried
Warona: You are
She really knows me. She’s so caring.
Me: I looked for him everywhere and I couldn’t find him
Why am I telling her? I am such a fool.
Me: Did you eat?
Warona: Yes, mother Nina gave me something to eat when you went out
Me: Did you take your medication after eating?
Warona: Mother Nina gave me everything, sister. Where were you?
Me: The mall
Warona: Did you get me a doll?
Me: Yes, I did
Warona: Where is it?
Me: Where’s what?
Warona: My doll
Me: I’ll buy it tomorrow
Warona: But you just said that you bought it
Me: Did I? Uhm… Sorry. I’ll buy it tomorrow
Warona: You’ve been saying that since…
Me: Just keep quiet. I will buy it tomorrow. I’ll even take you with me to pick the one you want
Me: Yes, I promise
My phone started ringing. I immediately answered it.
Caller: Hello. May I please speak to Wame Daniels?
Caller: Oh, well I am calling from prison. I just want to let you know that Joseph was rushed to the hospital. He was stabbed. I know that you are the person who is always visiting him so I thought that I should call you. You are his daughter, right?
What? Joseph was stabbed? But how? And why is the warden calling me? Why should I care?
Caller: Are you there, Wame?
Me: Yes, yes, I am sorry. Who stabbed him?
Caller: A man by the name Alex Evans. He was arrested. He didn’t get away
Alex? But how did he stab Joseph? Oh my God, what did he do? Don’t I have a lot to deal with already? Why did he have to get himself arrested so easily? Keith is so far away. Oh my goodness.
To be continued…