ECHOES OF LONELINESS
Part 67 – Celebration
Everything went well. The wedding was amazing and my aunt was looking very beautiful. Warona and Kate were the flower girls as old as they are. Or are they not old? Oh well, we all had a blessed day.
[Later That Day]
Aunt Nina is going away tomorrow with her husband so tonight we are celebrating. We hosted a wedding after party at this other beautiful hotel. Apparently this is where my parents met and got engaged. The hotel is now renovated and it’s really beautiful and huge.
I know that aunt Nina chose this place to make me happy but truly speaking, I am not happy at all. I have been reminded of my parents and all I wanted to do was enjoy the party.
I went to sit outside just next to the lake. I was really feeling sad. I couldn’t stop thinking about my parents and how happy they could’ve been if they were around.
Ayanda came and sat down next to me.
Ayanda: Are you okay?
Ayanda: You are lying to me
Me: I want to be alone, Aya. Go back inside
Ayanda: Not until you tell me what’s wrong
Me: Nothing is wrong
Ayanda: You are lying to me
Me: I miss them. I shouldn’t be here. I don’t want to be here
Ayanda: Let’s go home then
Me: But the party just started
Ayanda: I know but you don’t want to be here
Me: I will be fine, don’t worry
Ayanda: Are you sure?
Me: Yes, I am sure
Ayanda: I hope so
Warona came running to us.
Me: What are you doing here?
Warona: Sister, I wish that people could get married everyday. I had a nice day
Me: (Smiles) Really?
Warona: Yes, really. I wonder who’s going to get married next if not my sister
Ayanda: Do you want your sister to get married?
Me: Warona, shut up
Ayanda: She’s right though
Me: The two of you should just leave me alone
Warona: Sister Ayanda, my sister will get married soon. Don’t worry
Ayanda: Do you think so, honey?
Warona: Yes. I heard something
Me: What did you hear?
Warona: It’s a secret
Me: Keep it to yourself then. I don’t care
Warona: Sister Ayanda, do you have a boyfriend?
Warona: Why not? Aren’t you old enough to have a boyfriend?
Me: Warona, keep quiet. Stop troubling Ayanda. What do you know about boyfriends?
Warona: Sister, you and sister Michaela have boyfriends so where’s sister Ayanda’s boyfriend?
Ayanda: I will get a boyfriend soon then I will introduce him to you
Warona: (Smiles) Cool
When she took a step backward, she almost fell in the lake but I quickly got up and saved her.
I lost balance and fell in the lake. My foot got stuck somewhere so I couldn’t get out of the lake.
I have been looking for Wame everywhere and couldn’t find her. Thank God, she’s now calling me.
Me: Hey babe. Where are you? I’ve been looking for you everywhere and you were also not taking my calls. Do you know where Warona is? She was with me for so long but now she disappeared, I…
Caller: Are you sure that you looked for Wame everywhere? What about the lake?
Oh my goodness, this is not Wame’s voice.
Me: Who are you?
Caller: It’s Ayanda. Wame fell in the lake. She was trying to save Warona. Now she is not out and I don’t know what happened to her. I can’t swim at night. I can only swim when it’s not dark
She can’t swim at night? Is it possible? This girl is crazy.
Me: I am coming right away
I ran out of my hotel room. When I got to the lake, Warona was crying and Ayanda was calling out Wame’s name.
I jumped in to save Wame. Her leg was stuck on something that looked like a toolbox. To save her, I had to take the toolbox along.
[Out Of The Lake]
Wame was not opening her eyes and Ayanda had called everyone to the lake.
Warona: Brother, tell her to open her eyes. Did the animals eat her? Is she dead?
Me: No dear, she’s not dead
Nina: Why’s her father’s toolbox here? Why is it tied to her leg?
Me: Her father’s toolbox?
Nina: Yes, that’s her father’s toolbox
Keith: Alex, help your girlfriend. Do mouth to mouth resuscitation. Help her before it’s too late
I did mouth to mouth resuscitation. Thank God, Wame started coughing.
Warona: My sister is awake, my sister is awake. The kiss helped her right, brother?
Me: (Smiles) It wasn’t a kiss. I didn’t kiss her
Warona: So what were you doing?
Me: I was helping her breathe
Warona: Oh. Sister, are you okay?
Wame: Yes, I am okay my dear. Wipe off those tears
Warona: (Smiles) Okay
Me: Wame, life is too short. I don’t know what might happen tomorrow. Life is unpredictable. I love you so much and I can’t live without you. I will always love you no matter what. Will you marry me?
Warona: Sister Ayanda, I said it and nobody believed me
Wame: Warona, keep quiet. You are always talking. Shut up
Me: (Smiles) What do you say, Wame?
Wame: Couldn’t you at least give me some time to get up? I am soaking wet
Me: I am also soaking wet, babe
Nina: Baby, answer him first
Keith: Yes Wame, answer him
Wame: (Smiles) This is the most romantic day of my life. My hero just saved my life and now he’s asking me to marry him. Of course I will marry you, Alex. I love you
Me: I love you too
We shared a passionate kiss and everyone was happy for us. They couldn’t stop congratulating us.
This is not how I planned to propose to Wame but the current situation forced me to propose. When Wame was not opening her eyes, I realized that life is really short. I had planned to propose to Wame tonight but not in this state – we are both soaking wet.
Wame: Please get that thing off my leg
Nina: It’s your father’s toolbox. Open it
Wame: My father’s toolbox? But why was it in the lake?
Nina: I don’t know. Open it
Me: It’s locked
Tumelo: Let me try to unlock it
Me: Sure, friend
Tumelo unlocked the toolbox after so much struggle. It had a long chain that was tied to Wame’s leg.
We opened the toolbox and it had money and a letter. I read the letter.
Thabang: What does the letter say?
Me: It’s talking about the money that Wame’s father got after mortgaging the house
Wame: How did it get here?
Me: Your father hid it from Joseph and Rita. He knew that one day you’d come here
Wame: Does the letter say that?
Wame: Thank you. I was really missing my parents so much today but after seeing this toolbox, I feel much better. I really had to be here today. I am so happy
Warona: Sister, let’s go inside so that you can also get married
Me: (Laughs) Waro dear, we are engaged so we can’t get married today
Warona: Why not?
Wame: Because we still have to plan the wedding
Warona: Just like the way mother Nina’s wedding was planned?
Warona: And just like the way Kate’s birthday party was planned?
Wame: Yes dear
Warona: Okay, sister. I knew that brother Alex would ask you to marry him. I heard him talking to brother Keith and brother Thabang
Me: Were you not sleeping?
Me: You cheated us. We thought that you were sleeping
Marsha: Warona and pretending to be asleep are very good friends
Wame: You can say that again
Warona: I won’t do it again
Me: Okay dear
We all went inside.
I took a shower with my husband to be and wore clean clothes. When we walked out of our room, we were told that Marsha just gave birth to a baby girl. We were so happy and went to see the baby right away.
Marsha did not give birth at the hospital. She gave birth in her hotel room.
A lot happened here today. I will forever remember this day and this place. I will make a plan to buy this hotel. It is somehow connected to all of us.
Truly speaking, I am now happy. Maybe I am still young for marriage but I believe that God will see me through. Now let us celebrate like there’s no tomorrow.