…Then, she saw Mukuka give a disc to Queen, and she determined in her heart to get the disc and find out if it was evidence to nail Queen.She took another route out of Makeni, straight to Kabulonga where Queen resided with her husband. The gate man allowed her inside because she was a friend of the family. When she was escorted into the large living room, she was served juice by the housekeeper. Not long after, Queen came in, she was shocked seeing Purity. When she saw the car outside, she thought it was Ernest that had come to visit, it never occurred to her that Purity would have the guts to come to her house. What did she have up her sleeves, she wondered.
Queen: “What the hell do you want in my house?” she asked angrily.
Purity: “I am really sorry, I agree I used you, that Chisala was a thorn in my flesh, and I wanted him out. But I didn’t have the guts you have, so I devised a means to get you involved. Please, my sweet friend, forgive me” she said and knelt down. Queen considered her eyes and she saw tears shimmering in it, she believed her and stretched her hand out to raise her up.
Queen: “I forgive you. I understand, more than anyone, what we do for the ones we love” she said with a hint of regret in her tone.
Purity: “Thank you for understanding me” she rushed and hugged her.
Queen: “It is alright, I am glad we are friends again, even though you still carry fake handbags for the kids” she teased and the two women burst into laughter.
Purity: “I miss your chikanda , you never got around to teaching me how you make it” she quipped. Queen had totally forgotten about the disc, in her conversation with Purity. She rushed to the kitchen to instruct the cook on preparing chikanda quickly. Immediately she left, Purity’s smile wiped off her face and she looked towards Queen’s bag lying on the couch. She saw the tip of the disc envelope peeking out of Queen’s bag. She walked to it, looking left and right, and quickly slipped the disc into her bag. When Queen came out again, she saw Purity standing with her bag, ready to leave.
Purity: “Sorry dear, James just called, he needs me. One would think with Chisala gone, James would begin to act like a boy, not a wimpy child tied to his mother’s clothes” she said trying to gain sympathy from Queen.
Queen: “Oh dear, I understand perfectly. But give him time, he will come around” she said and kissed the air behind Purity’s ears.
Queen was too excited over having Purity on her side and one less person to get rid of, that she did not notice the haste with which Purity jumped into her car and zoomed off. Even if she noticed, she probably thought it was usual with having a needy child such as James.
Purity drove straight home, and went to her bedroom; since Chisala disappeared, she stopped sharing a bedroom with Ernest because all he did was complain when they were together. He blamed Purity for everything that happened even before she confessed to him. Now that he knew her part in it all, he stopped eating her food and cooked his food by himself. She locked the door and slotted the disc in her DVD player. The scene where Queen had confessed to her while pointing a gun at her played on the television screen.
“ So that man was videotaping it all. Wonderful”
she mused. She had planned to find evidence to put Queen in prison, but now that she had the disc in her hand, she was thinking of many ways to blackmail Queen, and gain power over her.
While she was locked in her room, her husband Ernest had called Kamulaza, who was faraway in Livingston.
Ernest: “ Dear friend, there is fire on the mountain. I have been thinking of how best to tell you this.” He said and paused.
Kamulaza: “Tell me, what is going on, is it about Chisala?” he demanded.
Ernest: “Yes, Purity told me that your wife deliberately tried to harm Chisala, and she even tried to kill her. But she became dizzy and fell. It was also Purity’s fault, she made Queen believe that you knew about Chisala long ago, and kept the secret from her. The police vindicated for reasons best known to them, but she really did it”
Kamulaza: “I don’t believe what you are saying” he said. Where he was, he was grabbing his head. It was like his brain could not process what his ears were hearing. He had suspected but when the police didn’t have evidence, Queen had convinced him that there was nothing. Now, finding out that there was something, was throwing him into a state of confusion.
Ernest: “I wouldn’t lie to you, and
Purity wouldn’t lie because she was implicated in it, I saw fear in her eyes when she talked. I am contemplating divorce, but I am thinking of my son, we have only just begun to bond. I don’t know what a divorce would do to him” he was saying but Kamulaza was no longer listening, the phone had fallen from his hand.
Ernest: “Are you there, Kamz” he called into the phone, but the call had been disconnected.
Back in Livingston, Kamulaza’s mother was just coming back from the market when she saw the phone fall out of Kamulaza’s hand, she dumped the sack bag on the floor and rushed to her son.
Kamulaza’s mother: “ my son, what is going on? I know Chisala will come back to us, don’t give up yet”
Kamulaza: “My wife, Queen, was the reason Chisala ran away. She tried to kill him in that accident” he said flatly, his eyes were deep, black bulbs, that stared listlessly. He didn’t mind the shock on his mother’s face, he picked up his phone and dialled Queen.
Queen had just remembered the disc in her bag, so she hurried from her bedroom upstairs to the living room below. But before she could go to her bag, her phone began to read, she saw it was her husband and hurriedly picked it up.
Queen: “Hello, honey. How is mother and Livingston?” she asked with glee.
Kamulaza: “You murderer, what did that little boy ever do to you?” he said in a guttural voice.
Queen: “Hello, this must be a wrong number” she said, not believing that those words had come from Kamulaza.
Kamulaza: “Shut up you wicked woman. I am giving you twenty-four hours to surrender to the police, this is my final gift to you as a wife. I will have my lawyer contact you to sign the divorce papers. Mind you, I am not giving you a penny” he said, wishing he could hurt her with his words because what he really felt like doing was squeezing the life out of her, with his bare hands.
Queen dropped the phone on the glass table in the centre and sank into a couch. She held her head in her hands and cried.
Queen: “I am finished”. She cried.
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