“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White
Someone people are all talk but no action. They behave like uncles after your father’s funeral. You know how uncles will call you and your siblings and tell you not to worry about anything for as long as they are still alive. They will promise to take care of you so that you don’t feel like an orphan. Most of the time those words are followed by no action. You will scream “malome….malome” until you turn blue but action dololo. Una was different. He was a man of his word. His words translated into action. He was not the one to shout ‘phambili’ and then move back. I was not surprised by what I saw in the boot. I knew it was going to happen but didn’t expect it so soon. I looked at him and shook my head. I didn’t have the balls to use the gun in my hand.
“Una, I know what happened but is this necessary? I am a student. I don’t want to go to jail for murder. What happened broke me inside but I will get over it. Please my love, let us not do it,” I said looking at Luyanda who had turned his pants into a urinal. You would swear he was not the confident man who raped me the night before. I wondered how Una traced him in such short time. Criminals have more resources than police. “Babe, in my world anyone who messes with me or people I love does not deserve to live. This dog ate where I eat. I am going to make him quarantine in heaven, with Moses. Shoot this bastard, it will do good to you. Unless if you want him to repeat what he did to you or other women. I know men like him,” Una said pushing me towards the boot.
I put the gun down and ran out of the garage. I was not going to turn myself into a murderer because of what happened. The gate was locked, so there was no way to exit the yard. I stood next to the gate and started crying. A minute or two later I heard a gunshot coming from the garage. I knew what it meant. I knelt down and said “Lord, what did I get myself into? Please save me from this path because I know where it is leading do. Amen!!” When I opened my eyes Una was next to me. “I love you, Palesa. Do you really think I would let another dog do what he did to you and get away with it? I am not a coward. If any guy dares to mess with my woman, I will deal with them. Put these words in your head and recite them when you wake up every morning,” Una said.
He called someone in spoke in some funny language. I assumed he was speaking his native language. After the call he grabbed my hand and led me to the house. There was no one in the house expect us. I asked if it was his house and he told me it belonged to a business partner. I knew he was referring to a fellow criminal. His phone rang and he disappeared. I used that time to go through the house. In one of the rooms I found about ten black bags. They were teeming with money. I thought of stealing one and run away but remembered what happened in the garage. Messing with drug dealers is like swimming with crocodiles and expecting them to be romantic to you. I went back to the lounge and waited for Una to come back. I ended up passing out on the couch. It was dark when I woke up.
I couldn’t even tell what time it was because I didn’t have a phone. Before I could raise my head I heard voices coming from the money room. It was a bit far to hear what they were discussing. Curiosity got me by the balls and I decided to tiptoe to the door. “Listen here, I know we agreed but I like her. I don’t expect you to understand. We cannot use her a mule. That friend of hers who tried to get smart with me has to pay. She has to do one trip to Thailand or another one to France. It’s either that or I am going to kill her for getting me arrested. When we are done counting this money go fetch her from the boot of your car and bring her here. She either agrees to our assignment or we kill her,” Una told whoever he was talking to.
I tiptoed back to the couch. I was sweating with fear. I was angry at Marcia but I didn’t want her to die. I was glad Una protected me but not comfortable with him going on a killing spree. It was dark but I could see where the door was. I tiptoed until I got out of the door. There was a car I had not seen before parked not far from the gate. I did a quick surveillance to check if there was someone in the car. To my luck, there was no any sign of people. The driver’s door wasn’t locked. I opened the boot from there. Marcia was tied with her mouth covered with a cloth. If the look on her face could talk it would scream ‘ke masepeng’. I told her there was no time to waste. I untied her very fast. The gate was locked, so I told her to climb over it. “I am sorry for everything I did to you. You are a good friend,” said Marcia.
Just before she could try to climb the gate, it started opening right in front of us.