No matter how hard, always remember the dream” she said, and he was startled awake. The future seems miserable for Chisala.
Queen stayed more than the time on the credit card because Mukuka took care of her remaining expenses. Even her husband called and asked why she was extending her stay, she gave him one flimsy excuse or the other, until he stopped asking. However, Mukuka told her that he wanted to go back to the city as a job was waiting for him. It was then that Queen decided it was time to return to her husband. It was also then she realized that Mukuka was not the kind of guy a woman married, Kamulaza was. No matter how much she felt he had betrayed her, he was still stable. Mukuka was only good for the sheets, or so she thought.
Queen: “I will visit Kafue from time to time” she said as she packed her things into her two suitcases.
Mukuka: “Sure, I am going to miss you” he said and smacked her butt.
When she got back to Lusaka, Purity called on her. Her heart skipped a beat when she saw Purity. Purity was a thorn in her flesh and she was beginning to think that perhaps she should take care of Purity. She decided she would talk to Mukuka about it, didn’t he say he was there for her?
Purity: “Why do you look like you have seen a ghost?” she asked walking majestically into the house, she could smell fear all over her. What was Queen hiding, she wondered.
Queen: “What do you want?” she asked.
Queen: “I didn’t know I needed a reason to come and see my friend. I heard you and Kamulaza are trying for a child again? Well, I don’t know if he would be interested now that he knows Chisala is his son” she said flicking off invisible dirt from her fingernails.
Queen: “What did you say?” she asked suddenly alert.
Purity: “While you were holidaying outside Lusaka, your husband was intensifying efforts to find Chisala because he just found out that he is his son” she replied, still acting nonchalant.
Queen: “ Purity, what do you mean he just found out, didn’t you tell me he knew?” she asked, as her heart began to beat faster.
Purity: “A little over sight, I thought he knew” she quipped, still not concerned.
Queen: “ Purity, you lied to me that my husband made a deal with your husband to keep Chisala with you guys, and now you are telling me you thought he knew. Did you use me to get rid of Chisala?” she asked inching closer to Purity menacingly, but the latter was the least bit afraid.
Purity: “And did you try to get rid of him, is that the reason he ran?” she fired back into Queen’s face. Queen backed down and asked Purity to leave her house and never return. When Purity was gone, she broke down and began to cry.
Queen: “I allowed her manipulate me, I allowed her use me. Kamulaza never betrayed me. He was the loyal husband he has always been. Oh my God, I have done so many evils because I thought he betrayed me” she cried.
Chisala, walked through the village all night, when he was tired, he would slump on the floor, but when he remembered his mother’s voice in the dream, he would get up. When the first light of dawn broke through the trees, Chisala spied a river, he hurried there and bathed in it. After the river, he continued his journey and saw a mud house, outside was a line on which clothes hung.
He took a trouser and shirt and wore it. He felt clean and fresh, but he also felt the first pangs of hunger since he absconded from the hospital. He saw a rickety signpost that read ‘Museum’. He didn’t know where that was, but he followed the road until he saw a church, it was a catholic church. In front of the church was a long bus, and people were boarding the bus, Chisala did not ask questions, he lined up too and got into the bus. Inside the bus, he smiled at everyone, and nodded his head at every question. But after listening to the conversation of some of the people who conversed in English, he found out that they were going on a church retreat in Livingston main town. His joy knew no bounds as he thought of going to look for Madam Lusaka. He planned a way he was going to look for Madam Lusaka, and it was asking from person to person.
The bus journeyed for hours and finally got to Livingston. It was night by the time the bus reached Livingston, and Chisala decided to sleep in the church building where the others would sleep. In the morning, he would go look for his grandma, madam Lusaka.
Queen called Mukuka and talked endlessly about teaching Purity a lesson for using her for her own selfish agenda. Mukuka asked her what she wanted to do to her, and Queen told him that she wanted Purity dead. Mukuka asked her if she was sure, many times that Queen should have been suspicious, but she replied in the affirmative.
Mukuka: “Alright, I will get her for you, but you will be the one to kill her yourself” he said.
Queen: “Kill her myself, I thought you would just take care of it”
Mukuka: “It is you, who knows how much she has hurt you”
Queen: “Alright, alright, I will do it. When will you be in Lusaka?”
Mukuka: “I will let you know” he replied and rang off.
Queen: “I am going to use you as much as I can, and then I am going to dump your ass. I might have gushed to you, but my heart lies with my husband, especially now that I know that he did not deceive me” she said to the phone.
No matter how Ernest tried, there was no headway in Chisala’s case, it was like he vanished into thin air. His mother, Madam Lusaka did not eat or drink, she locked herself in the guest bedroom, and sometimes at night, her cries of regret could be heard in the house. She regretted bringing Chisala to Lusaka, she told herself she could have taken care of him in Livingston. If she had done that, Chisala would still be with them, she thought.
Even Purity was not at ease since Chisala disappeared, her curiosity kept getting the better of her, James was the only one who was happy and at peace. Even though his father still did not spend time with him, and scolded him instead, he was still happy that Chisala was gone. Purity’s curiosity got her into the net of Mukuka. She was watching her son do his home assignment when her phone rang.
Mukuka: “Meet me and I will tell you what Queen did to Chisala” he said.
Purity: “Who is this?” she asked and Mukuka could hear her fast breathing.
Mukuka: “Do as I say, I shall send you a message, it would contain the address of where you would meet me” he said and hung up. As he had said, a few minutes later, a text message came into her phone. She read the message and contemplated within herself if she should go or not. She thought of the power that the piece of information would give her over Queen and she decided to go. She called the housekeeper and put James in her care before she drove out of the house.
The address was a warehouse on a deserted part of an island, she parked in the bushy path that led to the warehouse, and walked the short distance to the warehouse. As she entered, she met a muscularly built man, it was Mukuka.
Mukuka: “So you want to know about Queen?” he asked.
Queen: “Of course, what did she do, did she try to kill Chisala?” she asked anxiously, as she looked around the warehouse. There was an eerie feeling to the place, like trouble lurked in its shadows. She was too preoccupied with badgering Mukuka for answers, she didn’t realize that Queen had walked into the warehouse. When she decided that Mukuka was not going to tell her what she wanted to know, she turned to go and stared into the nuzzle of Queen’s gun.
Queen: “My friend Purity, did you really come to hear my sordid deeds?” she asked sarcastically. Purity looked on with fright, her mouth dried and unable to move to form words. But one thing was sure in her mind, that she was not going to leave the warehouse alive.
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