Chisala: “No one is looking for me, my mother is dead, my father rejected us. Madam Lusaka probably gave up on looking for me now, after all we are not related” he said, as emotions clogged his throat. He missed the family that was not really his, especially his daddy Ernest. Every day, he tried to visualize what he was doing, now that he was no longer with them.
“ He has a son, remember, and now that you are gone, he is focusing on his son” the voice inside would say, and it would bring tears, he would wish that his absence had created a vacuum in their lives, but in his heart, he believed that no one cared that much for him.
If only he knew, that not only was Ernest looking for him, but his grandmothers and his biological father had paused their life looking for the son that Tasila gave birth to.
It happened that, the gateman while talking to Chisala had seen his face when he pointed a torch in his face, while talking to him. So, he had described Chisala to the police and the police artist had sketched Chisala’s face. It wasn’t long that someone recognized Chisala as the boy who was in an accident and ran away from the hospital, throwing his family into confusion.
Mukuka had also seen the news and had gone to the place of the robbery, he combed the area around the place, but there was no sign of Chisala. He saw the uncompleted building opposite the lemon coloured house where the robbery had taken place, and went there, hoping that he would find Chisala. He found signs of inhabitation, but didn’t see Chisala. There was no way he could have found Chisala because he did not come out in the day, and only came out at night, and only on nights when the gang had an assignment. He was always cooped up in the house, with the gang.
Muke began to hunt the places where the gang struck. He stayed close to his television set, and whenever he heard that the gang had struck a place, he would rush there, but he never found any clues. One day he sat down and asked himself why he was chasing after Chisala, did he plan to kill the boy when he found him, just because Queen asked him to?
“ Are you really going to be a child killer because you want to save your reputation?” he questioned himself. It is time to pull out of Queen’s web, he told himself. But still Mukuka was not ready to have his career ruined so he made a gamble. He called Queen and offered her a deal.
Purity, since her encounter with Queen had been living in fear. She decided to reveal everything to her husband, in a bid to get protected. She hoped that her husband would forgive her part in the disaster, and protect her, for the sake of their son. So, she asked to talk to her husband, one evening, after dinner. Since Chisala went missing, Ernest had become less of a happy man, but however, he became closer to his son, James. James reciprocated the attention, by doing everything to please his father. He loved all the sports his father loved and learnt all the skills his father was good in. He even decided to study engineering, like his father had done. Seeing the way James had turned out, Purity did not regret her actions. After all, they pushed Chisala out of the house, and gave James room to be all he wanted to be, without sharing the affection of his father.
Purity: “ Ernest, Queen is a killer, she tried to kill me” she dropped the bombshell. Ernest bolted out of the reclining seat where he was, lounging on the patio.
Ernest: “I know you did not have any liquor this evening, so, what nonsense is this you are saying? Are you trying to tarnish the image of your friend? This is a new low, even for you” he said vehemently.
Purity: “Will you just keep quiet and let me talk. She tried to kill me, and if she had not fainted then, you would have seen my dead body somewhere. When she thought I was going to die, she confessed to me that the accident was deliberate, she had meant to kill Chisala because I told her Chisala is Kamulaza’s son” she said and watched as her husband’s eyes got darker and darker.
Ernest: “You told her that Chisala is Kamulaza’s son, how did you know that? Even Kamulaza didn’t know that, until after the accident” he said unbelievably.
Purity: “Remember when I told you I was going to see my mother, I actually went to Livingston. I watched Chisala and Kamulaza together at the lunch we had, and noticed similarities in their looks. I was not sure so I went to Livingston. Tasila’s father had just died…” she explained to her husband, whose eyebrow shot up the more she talked.
Ernest: “I am scared of you, Purity. I cannot believe that you would go this far to fight against an innocent boy whom life had dealt enough blows. My mother was right, I should never have married you” he said. He walked back and forth, thinking hard. The more he thought about it, the more he could not believe that Purity could do all she did. Then he thought of Queen, the innocent faced woman was even deadlier than Purity.
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