ECHOES OF LONELINESS.
Part – Realization
[Two Days Later]
I lost my phone when I went out with my cousins days back and I think the person who got hold of my phone destroyed the sim card, like the number does not exist anymore, I honestly don’t know how.
I’ve never been good when it comes to cramming people’s numbers so I couldn’t remember Wame’s number until I checked my diary. I never knew that I wrote it there.
Well I got a new phone today and I got myself a new number so I will call Wame right now.
I went to my bedroom and tried to call Wame but her phone was off. I left a voicemail; “Hey friend, it’s Aya. I am sorry for just disappearing, I lost my phone and my old number does not exist anymore so this is my new number. Please call me when you get this message. I love and miss you so much. Hope everything is okay with you and the beautiful Warona. Bye babe.”
I hung up and went outside to my cousins. I really miss Wame so I’ll send her R10 000 right away.
Yesterday when I woke up my phone was not working. I honestly don’t know what happened to it so I don’t have a phone anymore and I don’t want to bother Rita. I can’t just go to her and ask her to buy me a new phone, it doesn’t work like that plus I have been having strange dreams about Rita for the past two days. In my dreams, Rita had horns, she was looking like a very evil person so I don’t know what that means but I will ask Michaela about Rita today. Hopefully Michaela will help me. She never makes sense when talking about Rita but hopefully today she will.
I haven’t seen Nina since yesterday and my sister is forever asking about her. I honestly don’t know why Warona likes Nina. She even told me that Nina is very nice.
As I was in my bedroom, I saw Kate, Michaela’s little sister passing by. I called her and she came inside. Kate and Warona actually get along since from yesterday. I wrote a letter for Michaela and asked Kate to give it to her. The letter reads “Hey Michaela, listen to me, I know that you don’t like me but can you please tell me more about Rita? I have realized that she is not a good person but I am still in the dark so can you please tell me more about her? It’s Wame.”
I looked at Kate and smiled.
Me: Sweetheart, do you like Rita?
She shook her head.
Me: But why?
Kate: She’s very bad
Me: And Nina?
Kate: She’s very nice
Me: Why is Rita bad?
Kids can never pay attention to you when you talk to them. Kate was busy playing with Warona’s hair and Warona is sleeping.
Me: Sweetheart, why is Rita bad?
Kate: She makes us cry
Kate: Uhm… I don’t know
Me: Come on baby, pay attention
Kate: Do you know what she did?
Me: No, I don’t know but you can tell me
Kate: She is punishing aunt Nina
Kate: I am going. See you later
She just left.
I may not understand everything but I can see that Rita is not who I think she is. But who is the real Rita?
Kate said something about Nina’s punishment. I haven’t seen Nina since yesterday so where’s she? Did Rita take her away? But where?
I kissed Warona’s forehead and went to Rita’s office. I found her talking to some man.
Hold on, I have seen this man somewhere. Where have I seen him?
Rita: Wame, you must learn to knock
Me: I am sorry
Me: Have you seen Nina?
Rita: She must be around
Rita: Isn’t that obvious?
Me: Who is he? I mean this man
Rita: Oh, he’s my husband. His name is Joseph
Me: Nice to meet you, sir
Joseph: (Smiles) Same here. You must be Wame, right?
Me: Right. But how do you know?
Joseph: My wife told me about you
Me: I see
Joseph: You are very beautiful
Rita: Joseph, don’t do that
Rita is jealous.
Joseph: But I am just telling the truth, she’s beautiful
Me: Thank you, sir. Have I met you before?
Oh yes, I remember. He is Joshua’s brother. JS? Oh wow, JS stands for Joshua Samuels. Now it makes sense.
Me: I see. Well nice to meet you, I have to go now
Joseph: (Smiles) No problem
Something is definitely wrong. Where is Nina? I know that this place is huge but if Nina is not hiding I can easily find her. Obviously Nina is not hiding so where is she?
I went outside just to take a walk. I saw Peter watering the flowers so I went to him. The garden is very beautiful, Peter is doing a great job with it.
Me: They are beautiful, aren’t they?
Me: The flowers
Peter: (Smiles) Oh, yes they are
Me: Can I ask you something?
Me: Who is the real Rita?
He kept quiet.
Me: What’s going on?
Peter: Rita is a good person
Me: You are lying to me
Peter: I am not
Me: Have you seen Nina around?
Peter: Wame, why are you asking me so many questions?
Me: I just want to know
Peter: I haven’t seen Nina
Me: Okay fine
I saw a cottage just close to the garden.
Me: Does someone stay there?
Peter: The cottage?
Me: Can I go there?
Me: Why not?
Peter: Nobody is allowed to go there
Peter: I don’t know
Me: Well I am going there
Peter: Wame, stop it
Me: What’s wrong with everyone around here?
Me: Stop me if you can
I ran to the cottage. He came running after me. I quickly opened the door and saw Nina inside. Why is she hanging on the roof? Who tied her up there? She’s even unconscious.
Me: Peter look, it’s Nina. Let’s help her
Peter: I am not getting involved
Me: But why not?
Peter: Wame, you are trouble
Me: Did Rita do this? But why?
Peter: Wame, leave me alone please
Me: But she’s unconscious, let’s help her
Me: What’s wrong with you? Are you that heartless?
Peter: I am not going to get involved. I am leaving
He quickly walked away from me. What a cruel man. Can’t he just help me?
Oh my goodness, how do I get Nina down? I can’t reach. What do I do? This is cruelty at its best level. Rita is a witch. Why did she do this?
Part 8 – True Colors
The rope is tied down to the pole. It’s the same rope that is used to tie Nina’s hands up there. If I slowly untie the rope from the pole, Nina will be saved but if I rush things up, Nina will fall and probably die, the roof is too high so I need to be careful. But I think Nina will still fall if I go easy on the rope. I mean I have to let the rope go up after untying it so that Nina can slide down so she’s still going to fall. Oh my God, what do I do?
I saw a couch so I pushed it to the right spot so that when Nina falls she can be saved. I am not a murderer so I am so scared right now. God, please help me, the roof is really high so anything can happen to Nina.
After approximately five minutes, I finally got to save Nina. I poured her with water and she slowly opened her eyes. I gave her water to drink.
Me: Nina, please get up
Nina: Hey, what are you doing here?
Me: I am here to save you
Nina: You shouldn’t be here
Me: Why not?
Nina: She’s going to make you pay
Me: Nina, did Rita do this to you?
Nina: Welcome to hell
Me: Why did she do this?
Nina: Because I tried to warn you about this place
Me: I am sorry. Please get up
Nina: You are now in trouble. You should’ve left me up there
Me: No, I couldn’t
Nina: Rita will make you pay
Me: I am not scared of her
Nina: You already told her that you love Warona so much so she will definitely make you do whatever she wants
Me: Why is she evil?
Nina: She loves money
Nina: What about it?
Me: Is this place all about it?
Nina: Yes and many more
Me: You mean I am also going to become a prostitute?
Me: No wonder there are only girls here. I am doomed
Nina: You are here because of Joseph and Rita. I will tell you everything soon, not today
Me: When is soon?
Nina: Don’t worry
Me: I am worried, please tell me more
Nina: Walls got ears. Don’t worry I will make sure that I make time to tell you everything
Me: Okay, no problem
Nina: I really don’t hate you, Wame. I don’t have anything against you
Me: Yeah, I see that now. I am sorry for everything
Nina: Apology accepted
Me: So are we good?
Nina: (Smiles) Yes, we are
Me: Can I call you aunt Nina? I mean you are older than me so I want to respect you
Nina: (Smiles) Yes, you can call me aunt Nina just like the others
Me: (Smiles) Thank you
Rita walked in.
Me: Rita, why are you so evil?
Rita: It’s part of life baby, get up and go inside
Me: I want to go home, I am going to get my little sister then I’ll go
Rita: (Laughs) Home? Which home? You don’t have a home
Me: I don’t care but I won’t stay here
I got up and walked to the door. She pulled me and slapped me. I slapped her back and left her shocked.
Rita: How dare you?
Me: And how dare you?
Rita: Did you slap me?
Me: And did you slap me?
Rita: My goodness, she’s the first girl to slap me in this orphanage. Does she know who I am? Nina, tell this fool about me
I walked back to Nina and helped her get up.
Me: I am sorry for what happened to you, please forgive me
Nina: I don’t have anything against you. Don’t apologize to me
Rita: Mhmm, wow you two are so beautiful. You are like a mother and daughter
Me: Rita, why are you doing this?
Rita: For money
Me: Do you think the parents of all the orphans here are happy because of what you are doing?
Rita: They are dead, baby
Me: But they can see what’s happening
Rita: (Laughs) You are so foolish. They are dead so they can’t see anything
Me: Fine then, but God is aware of what’s happening
Rita: Which God?
Me: God, Rita
Rita: There’s no God, don’t be a fool
Me: You will burn in hell, believe me
Rita: There’s no heaven and hell, baby
Me: I am going to deal with you
Me: I will remind you when the day is here
Rita: There are the other girls here who are even older than you, they can’t do anything to me so what exactly will you do?
Me: It’s never about the age. Believe me when I say that I am going to deal with you
Rita: (Laughs) It’s nice to dream, baby
Me: Dreams come true
Rita: Not all of them
Me: Tell me, don’t you have children?
Rita: Shut up
Me: You do, right?
Rita: I said you must shut up
Me: You are disgusting, your children will pay for your sins, do you know that?
Rita: I said keep quiet, don’t say anything
Me: They will pay for your sins, believe me
She got so angry and slapped me.
Rita: If you don’t keep quiet I am going to hurt Warona
I kept quiet.
Tears fell off my eyes. How can she say that she’s going to hurt my sister? What is wrong with her? Warona is just a baby.
Rita: Now apologize to me
I still kept quiet.
Rita: I said apologize to me
Me: I did nothing wrong
Nina: Wame, just apologize
Me: But I did nothing wrong, aunt Nina
Nina: I know but just apologize
Me: I will not
Rita: Do you want to make me angry?
Me: For what?
Rita: For disrespecting me
Me: How exactly did I disrespect you?
Rita: You slapped me and argued with me, that’s pure disrespect
Me: You started everything
Rita: I will make your mouth stop working just like your phone
Me: Do you know something about my phone?
Rita: Yes. Your phone is no longer working because of me and you are not going to get a new phone
Me: You are so evil
Rita: I don’t care
Me: One day you will care
Rita: (Yells) I SAID THAT YOU SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO ME!!!
Me: (Yells) AND I SAID NO!!!
Me: Just shut up
She got angry and left.
Nina: She’s going to come back, believe me
Me: Where did she go?
Nina: She’s probably going to get her husband
Me: But I didn’t…
Nina: Wame, you should just apologize to Rita, please
Me: But I did nothing wrong
Nina: I know but just apologize
Nina: So that she won’t end up punishing you or everyone
Me: What do you mean by everyone?
Nina: Sometimes if one person makes a mistake, Rita makes everyone pay. I am talking about all the children
Me: Are you serious?
Me: What’s the punishment?
Nina: It depends on Rita’s mood. Sometimes the punishment is getting flogged, or going to bed with a hungry stomach, or cleaning the orphanage all day, or being tied to the roof for the whole day
Me: Oh my goodness, Rita is really evil. I actually met Joseph’s brother, his name is Joshua
Nina: Did you really meet Joshua?
Me: Yeah, he also goes by the name JS
Nina: Where did you meet him?
Me: JS Industry
Nina: Let me tell you about JS Industry
Nina: JS Industry stands for Joshua Samuels and it also stands for Joseph Samuels. It obviously belongs to those two brothers. It’s a very good company and it makes money but the bad thing is that sometimes Joshua would tell the employees not to go to work so that he can call all the females who dropped off their CVs there and sleep with them
Me: That’s what happened to me
Nina: Did he sleep with you?
Me: I managed to run away because of Joseph. When Joseph opened the door, I ran out
Nina: You must have been very scared hey
Me: Yeah, I was
Nina: I am very sorry
Me: Don’t be, it’s okay. Can I ask you something?
Me: How do you know everything?
Nina: Through Alicia
Me: The receptionist?
Nina: She’s one of the orphans. Joshua took her like few days back so that he can use her
Me: Wow. I really beat her up, I am sorry
Nina: Are you talking about Alicia?
Nina: You did good, she’s trouble
Me: Is she?
Nina: Yes. You’ll see the real her when she comes back
Me: How old is she?
Nina: Twenty three years old
Me: Oh, so she’s three years older than me? I see
Nina: Yeah, she is
Me: Doesn’t Joshua have a wife?
Nina: I really don’t know
Me: And Rita? Doesn’t she have children?
Nina: I think she’s got children but she doesn’t like talking about her children, I really don’t know her story
Me: She probably killed her children, she’s too evil
Nina: You can say that again
Me: Joseph is just like her, they killed their own children or they are probably making money using them
Nina: I wouldn’t be surprised
Me: The Samuels are very bad, how can the whole family be cruel? What’s gotten into them?
Nina: I don’t know. They are really evil
Me: Aunt Nina, someone needs to rescue the orphans
Nina: You are that person
Me: But how? It looks like I am trapped here
Nina: God will show you the way
Me: Do you think so?
Nina: Yes. I’ve got faith in you
Me: But you must remember that I am not perfect, I am going to need support
Nina: And you have it already
Me: I am not promising anything because I really don’t know what I should do but we’ll see as time goes by
Nina: No problem, my dear
Me: Am I really going to lose my virginity?
Nina: Yes, you are
Me: But I don’t want to lose my virginity right now
Nina: I wish there was something I can do but there’s nothing
Me: Can’t you help me escape from here?
Nina: The security is very tight
Me: I am scared. This is not how I wanted to lose my virginity
Nina: I know honey, I know
Me: Okay fine, I will apologize to Rita
Nina: To be honest with you, you are still going to lose your virginity
Me: Can’t you do something?
Nina: Rita will not listen to me
Me: Please just try
Nina: Okay fine, I am going to try
Me: Do you promise?
Me: Thank you so much
Nina: You are welcome
I kept quiet because I heard my sister crying.
Nina: Isn’t that Warona crying?
Me: Yes, it’s her
Nina: Why is she crying?
Me: It’s like she’s close by
Nina: Let’s go
We ran out of the cottage only to see Rita threatening to throw Warona into the swimming pool. Warona was crying her lungs out. Rita was holding her upside down. It was like she was just holding a hen but not a child. How dare she hold my sister like that?
Everyone is just watching but not stopping Rita. I understand that the orphans are not doing anything because they are scared of Rita but can’t Peter and the security guards do something? What place is this?
I ran to Rita. When I got closer she let go of Warona. My poor little sister fell into the swimming pool. I jumped in to save her.
To be continued…