Echoes of Loneliness
Part 29 – Big Mouth
When I opened the door, he asked me for his gun. I gave it to him and apologized.
Joseph: Why did you take it?
Me: I wanted to protect myself from Thabo
Joseph: You should’ve asked me
Me: I know and I am sorry
Joseph: How did you open my safe?
Joseph: It requires a pin code
Me: You gave it to me like weeks back
Joseph: Did I?
Joseph: Oh, I guess I just don’t remember
Joseph: You said something about Jake
Me: Who’s Jake?
Me: Oh, Jake? The cop? Oh yes
Joseph: Why did you think that Rita was Jake?
Me: I’ll tell you later
Joseph: I have time now
Which lie do I tell this time? Oh God, please help me.
Me: Joseph, thing is…
I held my head and screamed.
Joseph: What’s wrong? Are you okay? Please sit down. I’ll call Nina for you
Me: Strong headache. Yes, call aunt Nina. She knows where the painkillers are
Joseph: Okay. I’ll be right back
He asked the guard to call aunt Nina. When aunt Nina came, he left my room.
Me: Hey aunt
Nina: What are you up to?
Nina: Why did you attack Rita?
Me: To make myself happy
Nina: Are you crazy, Wame?
Nina: Stop what you are doing
Me: No, my mother told me that the power is in my hands
Nina: What power?
Me: Do you know that today Michaela and I rejected cocaine from Thabo? Do you know how happy I am right now? You should be happy as well
Nina: I am happy that you refused to take cocaine but I am not happy that you attacked Rita
Me: Why? Is she your friend?
Nina: No but…
Me: But nothing. You are too kind, people will take advantage of you. Sometimes you have to stop being nice
Nina: But attacking people is never the answer. It’s not a good thing
Me: Was losing my virginity a good thing?
She kept quiet.
Me: I thought as much. Please leave, I need to do some work
Me: It’s okay
She kissed my forehead and left. I locked the door.
It’s 12:00 so I video called Alex. He is really handsome. I felt like he was right next to me.
Me: Wow, you are so handsome
Alex: Thank you. You are also beautiful. Wow, you are really beautiful, so breathtaking
Alex: I can see you right now so I believe so
Me: Thank you. How’s work?
Alex: So boring. There’s not much to do today
Me: I see. So go home
Alex: Yes, I’ll go home. I am just waiting for my brother
Alex: He’s taking me home
Me: Why? Are you brother’s little boy?
Alex: (Smiles) No. My cars are not with me
Is this guy saying “cars”? Wow, and I don’t even have one car.
Me: Oh, I see. Are you really going home?
Me: But how? Will your boss be okay with that?
Me: (Laughs) You go, Alex
Alex: (Laughs) I wasn’t bragging, dear
Me: (Smiles) I know
Alex: He actually just walked in
Alex: My brother
Me: Should I hang up?
Alex: No. Talk to him
Me: What? Are you crazy? What am I going to say to him?
Alex: Anything. Just hold on. He’s still talking to someone on the phone
Is Alex crazy? What am I going to say to his brother?
Me: Alex, I can’t
Me: But why?
Alex: I don’t know, I just want you to talk to him
Alex: You are not a coward, right?
Alex: So relax
Alex: Don’t hang up. Be on the line
[Alex and Keith’s Conversation]
Alex: Hey big bro
Keith: Hey, you good?
Alex: Yes, I am great. I need you to speak to someone
Keith: You do know that I have to go back to work, right?
Alex: Yes, I know. But please, Keith
Keith: Okay, fine. Who should I talk to?
Keith: The girl you told me about?
Oh wow, I can’t believe that I am listening to their conversation. I can’t believe that Alex told his brother about me.
Alex: Yes, Keith. She’s still on the line. It’s a video call
Keith: What? You want me to see her?
Keith: You are something else
Alex: I know and I am sorry
Keith: Give me the phone then
He gave him the phone. I can’t believe that this is happening. I am so nervous.
[My Conversation With Keith]
Keith: Hey Lesego
Me: Hey Keith
Keith: Oh my God, you are so beautiful. No wonder my brother can not stop talking about you
Me: (Smiles) Thank you so much
Keith: (Smiles) You are welcome. Are you okay?
Me: Yes, I am fine thanks and you?
Keith: I am also okay. Are you Alex’s girlfriend?
Me: (Smiles) Friend
Keith: Is that all?
Keith: Do you have a boyfriend?
Alex: Keith, what’s with many questions?
Keith: I am just curious
Me: No Keith, I don’t have a boyfriend
Keith: Well my brother is available. Let him be your boyfriend, I mean he’s handsome
Me: (Smiles) I am more interested in a person’s personality than the looks
Keith: (Smiles) Well said. You are so wise
Me: (Giggles) I try
“Sister Wame, I heard that you hit Rita with a glass bottle. You did a great job, do you know how much I hate that woman? I will burn her orphanage”, said Warona, walking through the balcony door.
How did this girl get up here? How? I mean I locked the other door so that I don’t get caught using the phone. Yes, I didn’t close or lock the balcony door but how could I have known that someone could get up here? I mean my room is by the 6th floor so how did Warona get up here? Does she want to commit suicide? And why does she have such a big mouth? Hold on, what is she doing here at this time? What the hell is going on here???!!!
Keith: Rita? Who’s Rita?
Alex: And who’s talking to you?
Warona came closer.
Warona: Oh, who are they, sister?
Me: My friends
Me: Keith and Alex
Warona: (Smiles) Hello. My name is Warona and I am Wame’s little sister. I am four years old and I just came back from creche. We stay with Ri…
Warona: Sorry. But sister, today we were introducing ourselves to everyone at creche. It was so fun. I am sure your friends loved my introduction. By the way sister, where did you get this phone? I thought that Rita destroyed your phone. Aunt Nina told me that we are not supposed to have phones so how come you have a phone? And why did you attack Rita? Oh, and why did you lock the door? Do you know how I got up here? I climbed the ladder and I was so scared
Warona Daniels killed me.
Keith: Hey Warona, who is Wame?
Warona: Wait, who is Keith and who is Alex?
Alex: I am Alex
Keith: And I am Keith
Warona: Keith, did I just sound like a four year old?
Keith: (Laughs) No. You sounded and still sound like a ten year old
Warona: (Smiles) Kate taught me
Alex: Beautiful, tell us who Rita is
Keith: And who’s Wame?
Oh Lord, what now?
I am going to kill Warona for this. How can she use a ladder to get up here? Isn’t she just four years old? Is this even normal? And what is she doing here?
My lies caught up with me. Warona just called me Wame, not Lesego. She just talked about how I hit Rita. She just talked about burning the orphanage. What do I do?
Part 30 – Doubts
What if Alex and Keith are Rita’s friends? What if this is Joseph’s idea to test me? What is going on here? Warona is something else. I am actually angry.
Me: I have to go
Keith: Wait please, I am begging you
Me: What is it?
Keith: Are you Wame?
Keith: And who’s Lesego?
Keith: Do you have two names?
Me: Look Keith, Alex knows that today is his turn to ask me questions about my life. I told him that I’ll answer all of his questions today so let’s not talk about this now, please
Keith: Okay fine then
Me: I’ll hang up now
Alex: I’ll call you when I get home
Me: Okay, bye
Warona: Bye Alex and Keith
Me: They are older than you, show some respect
Warona: By brother Alex and brother Keith
Keith: (Smiles) Bye baby
Alex: (Smiles) Bye beautiful
I hung up and looked at Warona.
Me: (Shouts) WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?
Me: YES, PROBLEM. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR MOUTH TODAY? DID YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT RITA? DID YOU HAVE TO MENTION THE ORPHANAGE? DID YOU HAVE TO CLIMB UP THE LADDER TO GET HERE? AREN’T YOU SUPPOSED TO BE A CHILD? YOU ARE FOUR YEARS OLD SO START ACTING LIKE A FOUR YEAR OLD. DO YOU KNOW KEITH AND ALEX?
Me: SO WHY DID YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THEM? ARE THEY YOUR FRIENDS?
Warona: (Cries) Sorry
Me: TODAY YOU WILL NOT FOOL ME WITH THOSE TEARS. STOP CRYING OR ELSE I’LL GIVE YOU A REASON TO CRY, I WILL SMACK YOU. JUST SHUT UP
She ran to the bathroom. When she got to the bathroom, she cried louder.
I started feeling sorry for her. I shouldn’t have shouted at her like that. She’s just a child.
There’s definitely something Lesego or Wame is hiding from Alex. Warona said something about Rita, Nina and the orphanage. Was she talking about the same Rita and Nina? Was she talking about the same orphanage?
Me: Alex, who is this Lesego or Wame girl?
Alex: I… I really don’t know
Me: Do you think her sister was talking about the same Rita we hate?
Alex: Possible. I mean she also spoke about Nina and the orphanage
Me: True. Do you think Nina is still Rita’s best friend even after everything that happened?
Alex: Nina is gullible so it’s possible
Me: She’s crazy
Alex: You can say that again
Me: Call your girlfriend and find out what’s going on. I swear that she’s hiding something from you
Alex: Yes, let’s go. I’ll call her later
Me: Later? When is later?
Alex: When I get home, let’s go
Me: Fine then
Alex: Thanks for dropping me off, I’ll see you later
Me: I am not coming to your house later, you should come to my house
Alex: But my cars are not with me and you know that
Me: You can use one of my cars. I’ll ask someone to bring it later
Me: Now call Wame… Uhm… Lesego
Alex: Don’t you think I should give her some time?
Me: Time for what? I am curious
Alex: I’ll tell you everything when I come to your house later, just go back to work
Me: Okay fine then. Make sure that she tells you everything
Alex: Why are you so interested?
Me: Didn’t you hear Warona saying that she hates Rita? Obviously it’s not only her. She also said that Wame attacked Rita
Alex: Okay. Go
Me: Bye. Please take care of yourself and have something to eat
Alex: Okay, Keith
Me: (Smiles) Do you want me to kiss you?
Alex: Hey, don’t start with me
I just laughed and walked out of the house.
I went to the bathroom and sat down next to Warona. I wiped off her tears and just hugged her.
Me: I am sorry, my sweetheart. Please forgive your sister
Warona: You are very bad. You are just like Rita
Me: I am sorry, I shouted at you because I love you
Warona: But why did you shout? I did nothing wrong
Me: Everything you did was wrong. You shouldn’t introduce yourself to strangers and you shouldn’t risk your life just to get to the room
Warona: What do you mean?
Me: Baby, you used a ladder to get up here, were you not scared of dying?
Warona: I was
Me: So how do you think that made me feel? Do you know that I can’t live without you?
She broke off the hug and looked at me.
Warona: (Smiles) Really?
Me: Yes, really
Warona: Thank you. But I wasn’t going to fall
Me: What makes you say that?
Warona: Because my mother and father are always looking after me
Me: Who told you that?
Me: Oh Kate. She’s something else
Me: Nothing. Do you forgive me?
Warona: Yes, I do. I am also sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you or make you angry
Me: I know and I forgive you. Please tell me something, why are you here at this time?
Warona: I came here because I was missing you
Me: So the teacher did not tell you to come back here?
Warona: She didn’t
Me: Go back to creche
Me: Please do it for me
Warona: Please take me back
Me: Okay, I will take you back but tell me something, who told you that I attacked Rita?
Warona: I heard Joshua talking to Joseph
Me: I see. You actually have a bad habit of listening to people’s conversations
Warona: What’s a habit?
Me: Something that you do often without even thinking. You can’t even stop doing that thing because you really love it
Warona: Are you saying that I always listen to people’s conversations?
Warona: That’s not true
Me: It is true
Warona: Who is Ayanda? Are you going to make her pay? And how much does she owe you?
Me: You see?
Me: Please do something for me
Warona: Okay, what is it?
Me: Don’t tell anyone that I have a phone. Don’t even tell your friend, Kate. If you tell people that I have a phone, Rita is going to kill me. Do you want me to die?
Warona: I won’t tell anyone anything
Me: (Smiles) That’s my girl
Warona: Does it have games?
Me: No, why?
Warona: I want to play games
Me: I will download them for you
Warona: Yes, sister?
Me: I really love you, you are my everything
Warona: (Smiles) I love you too
She kissed me.
Me: Let me take you back to creche
Me: Don’t tell people about Alex and Keith, okay?
Me: Let’s get up and go
Warona: Okay, sister Wame
I took her back to creche.
There are so many game machines at creche, no wonder she wants to play games on my phone. Well, I’ll download games and give her the phone when she comes back from creche.
I went back to my bedroom. I know that Alex is going to video call me. I am so nervous, I don’t know if I should be honest with Alex. I mean I really don’t know him and this could be a trap set for me. I could be digging my own grave right now by talking to Alex.
Should I trust him or not? Who is Alex? Why did he come into my life so sudden? Where was he all along? I really don’t know if I should trust him. What should I do?
To be continued…