TWINS (EPISODE 3&4) ®18+ ©Tisa Phiri
Jake looked around the well-furnished house belonging to his brother, he smiled to himself liking the idea that was packed in the back of his head.
“Good job Mike, good job” he whispered to himself throwing himself on the king size bed enjoying the fresh scent of the sheets. He looked around the room, a spacious cubed room with a big wardrobe inbuilt on his right. He turned to look at the wide windows the cool breeze from outside touching his face. The windows were widely opened and a thin net was a bridge between the inside and the outside as the large plain curtains fall down to the floor from the round gold rods were they hang.
His eyes landed on a big wedding photo, he smiled almost visualizing himself seating in his brother`s palace. “Beautiful woman brother” he chuckled walking towards the frame and taking down the photo happy seeing his own image in the picture.
“I could have been the only one with this face brother, you had to choose to be born after me. “He made a face drawing his fingers across his brother’s face.
He moved away after placing back the frame and stood in front of the mirror, taking a long stare at his image. He notice his moustache was growing and he looked a bit rough as compared to the pic of his brother. Opening the closet, he took out a bottle of shaving cream and walked to the next day leading to a bathroom.
He took his time making himself clean, brushing his teeth with the first toothbrush he could find and shaving his face, after which he went to take a long cold bubble bath.
Jake felt so fresh and relaxed as he went to lay down the bed, allowing himself to take a break from the years he was meant to serve in prison. He spent most of his 10 years in trying to plan how he was to live when he finally escaped.
From the inside, he had grown so much bitter and stronger. He did a lot of work outs and joined an inside gang making deals with other inmates. He had befriended a female prison wader who he deceived to have fallen in love with. He gave her some money to have his brother watched for years, what he did and almost everything about him. With people outside to help him, Jake had succeeded in his plan and managed to stage a prison break, killing the wardress he used to cover his tracks. The police were out to hunt him down but he had everything played out so well.
“Am not going back to prison” Jake whispered extending his legs taking most of the space still clad in his bath suit.
“I got to live too “he grinned to himself closing his eyes to sleep.
Mike and Isabel, had just gotten to Kitwe and to their home. Mike as always, moved to the other side opening the door for his dear wife. He lifted her instead and led her inside as she giggled happily.
“You so heavy! My God! “He exclaimed putting her down as he reached the couch.
“Sir, madam welcome back!” the house worker cheerfully greeted them both
“hello how are you Mwanida!” mike looked at her letting his wife`s hand go.
“Hey Mwani!” Isa followed suit.
“Can I offer you anything boss?” she asked with a wide stupid smile that read trouble but the two love birds could not tell it.
“I need very cold water my dear and a fruit” Isa smiled at her.
“Am okey just take care of my woman for me Mwanida. Give her whatever she asks for and make sure she`s well feed. I want a healthy baby” mike responded his eyes on his wife who was laying down the couch.
“Babe, am only pregnant not sick, besides I want to do something around the house as soon as I feel rested from this trip. Don’t stress yourself about it” Isa held her husband.
“You are still here” she asked Mwanida when she noticed she kept grinning at them instead of going to get what she had asked for.
“Sorry ma” Mwanida bowed a little walking away.
“Come on take me to take a bath before you leave” she caressed her man when he sat to tell her he was leaving.
“Besides, you owe me a nice time after yesterday” she added making a sad face.
“But love I have to…”
“ shshshshsh ! Take me to our room and take care of me” she spoke pointing at herself down the thighs.
“Ohm please come on not now”
“Yes now Mike!” she ordered getting upset.
“Well, let’s get it down then need to leave as soon as possible” Mike lifted her up.
He removed her dress gently exposing her underwear. Isa smiled at him seductively as he took her to take a bath.
“Babe this place is w€t, it’s like someone was bathing from here. Its awkward cause we have been out for a couple of days” Isa bem0aned touching the bath tub.
‘’ no, it’s probably the maid who was cleaning the place love forget it” Mike spoke quickly trying to cover his knowing face.
“Mike, the soap is w€t too” she held the bar to his face.
“You tell me she was using soap to clean the tub?” she asked worried.
“Come on my love, soap is on the holder, you expect it to be w€t after someone opened the water to clean this thing?” he shrugged dismissing her thoughts.
“Come here my love “he changed the subject pulling her into the tab after getting out of his own clothes.
She looked at his er£ct man and smiled at how s£xy he was. She had not bought the idea of Mwanida cleaning the tab though, she made a mental note to confront her and warn her to stop using her bathroom to clean herself.
Pushing the thoughts away, she let her husband kiss her and make love to her. Even though she could not appreciate the outcome of the love making, she was glad he made an effort to please her which he mostly did. He was not so much good at love making, but Isa knew he tried his best to make her feel good.
What more could she ask for? She had a man who loved and cared for her, he gave her the life of a princess with everything she needed materially. Isa smiled as she remained in the water letting Mike get out and dress up before leaving.
Unknown to her that was the last time of her good life. What lay ahead of her was something she had never anticipated.
Mike grabbed the car keys and rushed out to his car, his phone kept beeping but he ignored it knowing who was calling. He sighed deeply upon getting to the place he was to meet his twin brother. He was relieved to have not found him back at his house, otherwise he could have had no way of explaining things to his wife.
Looking around some abandoned building, he shook his head before turning of the ignition and stepping out the car. He searched around again but there was no sign of his brother. Hating the game Jake was playing, he took some steps around looking inside the building.
“Wow! Looking good brother and I love this posh car” came the voice of his brother from behind startling him.
“Jake,” he sighed turning around to face him.
“Hey brother!” Jake shouted smiling widely.
“It’s been what? 10 years?” he asked nodding his head.
“Oh no I forgot you paid me some courtesy visits years ago when I was first put in that filthy place” Jake chuckled his hands in the pockets. Mike looked at him clad in his own clothes from head to toe.
“Hey, hope you don’t mind I got into your clothes, goodness of being twins right?” Jake mocked seeing his brother eyeing him.
“I stopped visiting you because every time I did you blamed me for your misfortune Jake, I have always looked out for you but how do you pay me back? Trouble after the other” mike frowned sadly.
“Well you looted me out to the cops Mike, all I needed was a place to hide and you couldn’t do that for me. We are brother’s for crying out loud, how could you? I only wanted a few days to hide at your house and what, you threw me out to the dark like I was some criminal” Jake burst out.
“You were a criminal Jake, I never wanted anything bad to happen to you and I knew hiding you would not only jeopardize my life but yours too. The person you killed belonged to a gang Jake and had you escaped prison at that time you could have been killed too.” Mike rises his voice trying to reason with his brother.
“Oh oh oh… whoops! So now you claiming to have saved my life by throwing me in jail huh?” Jake snarled angrily.
“You know what enough of this talking nonsense, I took the opportunity in jail to plan my life today. I had to be patient and now it’s time to gain from all that I have lost in the past. “Jake smiled
“What do you want? Is it money?” Mike humbly asked seeing he would never get his brother to reason.
“Well what do I want? That’s the right question Mike my dear brother, that’s the right question” I want to take your place, Jake smiled closing in to mike. Mike kept his gaze at his brother shocked at what he was just telling him. “What do you mean you want to take over my life Jake? Is this some kind of a joke to you? Do you have any idea how much work and how long I have worked hard to have the kind of life I have today? “Mike scolded him now losing his patience.
“ yeah it doesn’t matter how long or how much you have worked my brother, the point is whether you like it or not am getting your life and you mine” he smiled widely making Mike more confused and angry. Jake paced around as he went on explaining how he had his brother`s life studied. Telling him he knew what he did in the university. And the kind of work he was doing.
“I know you Mike, I know that old man you partnered with to make that company after working for him for years. I was told the man trusts you and made you partner a few years ago. What else? “He chuckled teasingly.
“Oh yeah, your wife is a beautiful woman you met at a friend’s party two years ago and you have been married for a year. I know she is a Human Resource Manager at some security firm here in town…”
Shut up Jake! Just shut up! No matter how much you think you know about me, you will never fit in my life. We may look and talk the same but never will you ever fit my profile you low life looser, you are just a criminal that has always found pleasure in taking advantage of other people. You know what? I have never told you the truth over the years but here it is,” mike bawled his eyes watery as he felt his temper rise.
‘’ you my dear twin brother is a total failure, you are the reason for your misfortune and you always find someone to point your fingers at, every bad things that has ever happened to you is your fault, your own Jake! So piss off! You hear me? Go to hell and leave me alone. I did not chose to be born with you and I will never be you neither will you. Get that through your sick head brother!” he added his voice still raised making Jake shiver in anger hearing the truth.
Mike had always tried to be gentle with him and never got so pissed with him and Jake knew he meant every word he had just told him. Now furious, Jake without warning raised his fist and started hitting his brother making him stagger and fall to the ground as he was caught off guard.
“you piece of s***! How dare you claim you better than me? You took what I was supposed to have and I wish you were dead. But no” he smiled wickedly.
‘” no, dear smart ass, death will be too easy for you” he spoke kicking Mike again as he tried to rise from the ground.
“I want you to suffer terribly Mike, I want you to stay alive and face the hell that I went through in prison. “ he added and grabbed the car keys from his hands giving him another blow to the head that knocked him out.
“Now,” he breathed heavily looking at the keys and back at Mike. ‘’ am going to take over yours and you will take my place in jail” he smiled and got a small phone from his pockets. He dialed some number and spoke something.
Taking everything Mike had in his pockets, his phone, his wallet and hand kerchief, Jake walked to the car and drove away leaving the unconscious Mike laying in dust.
Mike shook at the sound of loud sirens. He slowly opened his eyes just to be met by police cars surrounding him. He m0aned as he tried to sit up holding his head as he felt sharp pains where Jake had him hit.
“Jake Chibende stay put! You are surrounded, raise your hands in the air and slowly stand up” came the voice from the loud speaker.
In confusion Mike stood up and did as ordered. “What have I done?” he tried to ask as one of the cops handcuffed his hands from the back.
“You will pay dearly for escaping Prison Jake, now you will face the law with harshness” the officer in charge told him as they lead him to the car.
“Am no Jake officer, his my brother and he has gone with my car. You have to believe me please” he tried to explain himself but the officers laughed loudly thinking he was mocking them.
“Shut up Jake! Just shut up you criminal. You killed an officer on your escape and this is the end of you my friend. “The cop kicked him in the stomach making Mike wince in pain.
His effort to defend himself completely failed as the cops hit him one after the other before throwing him in the car. Mike realized Jake was serious about taking over his life, he had no idea how he was going to get put the situation. No one would ever believe him and the fact that he and Jake looked the same, He wished he had told his wife about his brother. Just maybe she could have noticed a different person living with his brother. He cried like a child the police vehicle drove on.
“Am sorry Isa, am so sorry I hope you are strong enough to bear a life with Jake” he whispered to himself. Mike knew Jake was no dumb, if he wanted to take over his life it meant he surely had it all planned out and Mike felt hopeless.
Back at home, Isa has just finished preparing a meal for her husband, he had just called her to say he was on his way and she wanted to welcome him to a nice Zambian meal, nshima served with pumpkin leaves and fresh nicely boiled fish. She added his favorite, okra.
Isa smiled hearing the sound of the vehicle driving in and she peeped through the window smiling.
“Hey love! Welcome back” she walked to the door to hug him. “
Jake smiled too liking the idea that Isa could not tell him apart from his brother.
“ hey beautiful, what’s up! You so breathe taking I had no idea you felt this good and smell so sweet” Jake squeezed her hard making Isa look up his face in wonder.
“ Mike, what’s this all about, you never address me like that and you sound like you are seeing me for the first time. Are you feeling okey? She asked touching his head.
“ and what’s this? I thought you never liked this shirt and said it was too bright for you. Why are you putting it on today? “she asked him
“ um.. Come on lady, this shirt is a blow and I love it. Listen, forget all this and lets go you give me a treat, its been ages you know “ he smiled kissing her but she looked at him shocked.
“Mike, lady? Are you crazy? You never call me that and what is with the language, treat? What the hell is going on? “she questioned him stepping back.
“ am sorry Isa, it’s just that am excited to see you and I missed you. I guess am trying to be romantic here you know, no big deal. Now can we get inside? “he smiled at her and she shook her head.
“ anyway, I prepared your favorite meal. Let’s sit and eat and tell me how it went wherever it is you were rushing to” she spoke as she sat in the chair waiting for Jake to sit.
“ well it was all sorted out and perfect too” Jake smiled knowingly..
“ okey, no more freaking me out and strange calls right?” she looked at him.
“ no more of all that, it’s gone and am here to stay and enjoy this life with everything in it” he smiled widely his words yet again surprising Isa.
“Will you sit down and eat? “she asked him
“ oh yeah, sure thing am famished” he sighed sitting down.
“oh God this ?” Jake whispered in his heart seeing the relish served. He wanted to speak out but recalling Isa called it his favorite, he knew that was what his brother loved so he had to play along.
“ mm mm not so bad “ he murmured upon taking a bite.
“what?” Isa asked him
“ I said this is yummy my love, its delicious as always” he smiled nodding his head.
“so tell me about yourself Isabel. “ he spoke with his mouth full.
“ I mean how was your day ?” he quickly changed the statement knowing it would give him up.
“it was okey. Still feeling a bit tired from the trip though this your child is weighing me down like am 7 months pregnant already” she laughed
“what? Pregnant” Jake chocked his voice coming out unexpectedly.
“Yes Mike, pregnant, baby?” she looked at him surprised.
“Don’t tell me you have developed amnesia all of the sudden Mike?” she shook her head disappointed.
“Um am.. No no how can I forget my own child” he sighed looking at Isa and holding her hand to assure her.
“I was just pulling your leg my love, it’s all good” he nodded feeling angry inside.
The thought of raising his brother`s child irritating him. He had not seen that coming and he hated it to the core. He pretended to be happy as he finished eating his food. It was not going to be easy for him but Jake was determined to make it through. Knowing there was no chance of Mike escaping prison he relaxed.
“After all I have all I need around me, what’s to worry about” he told himself and smiled at Isa who kept looking at him, she somehow thought he was acting weird. She knew whatever it has to do with the meeting Mike had gone to but she could never have guessed his dear sweet husband had been switched with a jerk.
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