..In prison, Queen was allowed to make only one phone call, it was expected that she would call her husband or her lawyer, but she called none of them. She called Mukuka.
Queen had thought that Purity was responsible for her present predicament because Purity was the one she confessed to at the point where she was about to kill her. But then she had fainted and in the excitement over the pregnancy news, she had forgotten that Purity was still among the living and had the ammunitions to send her to jail. So, she had thought she would call a lawyer and it would be her word against hers. But then she had overheard the conversation between two police officers just outside the door of the interrogation room.
They were in a confused state, like they were waiting for something or someone. They had been whispering but she had heard every word.
One of the police officer was telling the other that their hands were tied until Mukuka brought the incriminating evidence. This information had stunned her and had hurt her, not because Mukuka had used her for his personal reasons, but because she had been gullible and careless. Therefore, when it was time for her to make the call she was entitled to, she called no one else but Mukuka.
Mukuka was also thinking about Queen, he realized that he had put himself in a delicate position when he slept with Queen. He had been given an important assignment of nailing Queen, he had done that but his extracurricular activity was going to jeopardize their case. If Queen found out that he was responsible for her arrest, there was no telling what she would do.
He had barely finished the thought when his phone rang. He thought it was his supervisor and rushed to receive the call, but the voice he heard on the other end chilled him to the bones.
Queen: “Did you really think I would not find out?” she asked in a cold and calm voice, that was devoid of any emotions.
Mukuka: “I don’t know what you are talking about” he replied.
Queen: “You created this problem for me, so fix it because if I do, I will do it with you disgraced and ruined. I can tell the world you slept with me, I can even say that you are responsible for my pregnancy, I can spin any tale I want. Fix this now!” she ordered.
Mukuka: “Would you really jeopardize your marriage?” he asked playing any card to get him off the hook.
Queen: “I would do anything to get out of this, my marriage is over anyways. If my husband finds out about this, he would never trust me, so Mukuka, I have nothing to lose. Fix this or else you would have yourself to blame” she retorted and hung up.
Mukuka flung his phone at the wall. He hated himself for shooting himself in the leg. If only she had not been so irresistible and daring, more than any woman he had met, perhaps he would have managed to zip up his p-nts. Now there was only one thing to do, he had to fix the problem before it fixed him for good.
When Queen dropped the telephone, she beckoned to the officer standing guard outside and asked to speak with the officer in charge.
Queen: “You guys have got to charge me now or else I would sue your asses. Show me what you have got against me or let me go” she shouted.
The guard hurried to call the detective in charge, he was the same man who had designed the plan, which involved Mukuka, to entrap Queen. He came in after trying to call Mukuka. He had barely spoken when Mukuka walked in with an envelope in his hand. Queen looked at him wide eyed, with mouth agape. She realized that he had called off her bluff and went ahead to submit the evidence. The detective snatched the envelope and smiled wickedly at Queen, who still had unbelief written all over her face. But when the detective slotted the DVD into a player, his face contorted into fury. The file had been corrupted and was showing green and blue lines. He looked up at Mukuka and asked for an explanation.
Mukuka: “I cannot understand this sir, the file has obviously been corrupted” he said, and caught Queen’s smirk just before it disappeared from her face. He looked towards the window and saw the reason her smirk had disappeared, her husband, Kamulaza had come.
Kamulaza: “ Queen, what did you do? Did you try to kill my son?” he asked, staring wildly at her.
Queen: “What are you even yapping about, Chisala is your son?” she asked, feigning ignorance.
Kamulaza: “You didn’t know” he said incredulously like he didn’t believe she didn’t know. Actually, he thought she found out, that was the reason she wanted to get rid of Chisala, “if you didn’t know, then why did you try to kill him?” he asked puzzled.
Queen: “I should be asking you. I have no reason to hurt Chisala, that boy loved me, he is the reason I wanted us to try for children again, and guess what, it paid off” she said, holding on to him desperately.
Kamulaza: “What do you mean?” he quizzed.
Queen: “We are pregnant, and these policemen don’t know what they are saying because they seem not to have any evidence to prove their allegations” she retorted, “Why would anyone think I would deliberately jeopardize my life and that of a little boy, for what?” she emphasized.
Kamulaza held his head wearily, the news was met with mixed feelings. He didn’t know what to think, the police couldn’t have arrested Queen unless they were sure they had something concrete to nail her.
Detective: “In absence of evidence, you are free of all charges” he said grudgingly.
Queen: “And make sure this doesn’t repeat itself or I will not be so lenient” she said and walked out of the interrogation room, with Kamulaza on her heels. She was walking so fast because she was afraid to face Kamulaza, but he held her and spun her around.
Kamulaza: “What just happened here? Why do they think you tried to kill my son?” he demanded.
Queen: “I was the one driving the car, they probably think the accident was deliberate. We should be talking about our baby”
Kamulaza: “I am taking a leave from work, I am going to Livingston to stay with my mother for a little while” he said, walking away. It was Queen’s turn to run after him.
Queen: “Did you understand when I said I am pregnant? What are you even going to Livingston to do, did your mother send for you, isn’t that where you are coming from?” she asked, holding on to him desperately.
Kamulaza: “So many questions Queen, I can’t deal with this right now. Chisala was last seen in Livingston, I need to look for him before something bad happens to him”
Queen: “You are so worried about Chisala, what about your unborn child, do you even care what happens to him or her?”
Kamulaza: “That child is safe in your womb, he or she has got you, but Chisala has no one, he is probably in danger as we speak. I have to go look for him, this is my redemption” he replied as they entered his car.
Throughout the drive home, Queen kept thinking of all Kamulaza had said, it was obvious to her that Chisala would always be Kamulaza’s favourite child. Since he found out about Chisala, he didn’t even care about having a child, and now that she was pregnant, Kamulaza didn’t care because he had a son already.
“ Perhaps, I should finish what I started.
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