“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” – Ayn Rand
One thing you don’t want to be caught doing is crossing the most dangerous criminal in town. They are very loving and romantic to the people they love, but once you try to pull a fast one on them they will show you a side you have never dreamt of. They wouldn’t think twice before chopping your head and feeding it to the lions in the jungle. I was aware of the risks involved with helping Marcia to escape. I didn’t even have to help her because of the things she did to me, but the good person in me could not let another human being die just like that. I know I was dating a criminal but deep inside I was still that sweet girl from Soshanguve. Marcia froze when the gate opened. I almost chose to freeze but I knew it was going to lead to my death.
I grabbed Marcia and we quickly ran to the car that Marcia was kept in. We hid on the side where I knew the lights of the car wouldn’t reach. I could smell death from few metres away. It was at that stage that I realised I was a fool. All bad things Marcia did to me started replaying in my head in slow motion. I could hear Baba Mthethwa in my head saying ‘ho thaaaata banna’. Marcia started sobbing. I could see she wanted to release a loud cry. I quickly covered her mouth with my hand and told her to shut the hell up. The gate fully opened and a blue Polo Vivo drove in. The garage door opened and I watched as the Vivo parked next to the other car in the garage. Just as the gate was about to close, I released Marcia and told her to run for her life.
We were lucky because the lights were not on. I saw as Marcia disappearing on the other side of the gate. I didn’t even wait for the gate to close, I sneaked back into the house before the occupant of the Vivo could get out of the garage. I went straight to the couch and pretended I was sleeping. My heart was beating very fast. I was glad I saved a life but at the same time I felt stupid I put my life in danger. Five minutes later someone switched the lights on. I didn’t move or make any sounds. I didn’t even open my eyes to check who it was. A female voice went “who the hell is sleeping on my expensive couches? Una….Una? Didn’t I tell you to stop bringing your hoe-kers here? I can’t believe this!!!!!” I opened my eyes and yawned. I stretched my arms to give that lady an impression that I had just woken up.
“Stop being dramatic. This is my girlfriend, Palesa. She doesn’t have to know your name,” Una said as he walked from the other bedroom. I wasn’t expecting him to tell her I was his girlfriend. The jealously I was about to develop vanished on the spot. By telling people I was his girlfriend, Una was winning my heart. I always tell men that it is not always about money, sometimes we just want our baes to speak proudly about us. It’s not nice to date someone who will hide you as if you are a salary. I stood up and waltzed into Una’s arms. I felt at home. The girl zoomed me from head to toe. Una asked why my heart was beating very fast and I whispered to him it was that time of the month. I don’t even know where that lie came from. I knew he would believe it because many men are clueless about menstruation.
“Where do you get these girls wena Una? Diepsloot or Tsutsumani? You need to review your taste of women. You are polluting my house with these VANS-wearing girls,” she said with an overconfident voice. I looked at her and said “that is very rich coming from someone with legs that look like toothpicks. Don’t start with me becau….” Una stopped me before I could unleash the Soshanguve in me on her. Una’s friend was so excited. I could tell by just looking at him that he wanted us to fight. “My people, enough about catfights. Let’s talk business. Bring the girl in the car, now. She has two choices – either she works for us or I’ll personally kill her,” Una said in a commanding tone.
I was panicking at that stage. Una’s friend went outside to fetch Marcia from the car. Within a minute he bolted back in the house. For few seconds no one could hear what he was blabbering amount. Una gave him a glass of water and told him to calm down and speak like an adult. When he regained calm he told us that the girl disappeared. I was like “damn….please tell me you are joking. That witch cannot get away with what she did.” I tried to be as convincing as possible. I didn’t want them to suspect me. We quickly started searching around the yard. I was the one showing eagerness to find her. “Palesa, come with me. Let’s drive around the area. She can’t be far from here. I know we will find her,” said Una. I got in the car and we drove around the neighbourhood. Five minutes into the drive, I saw someone on the side of the road asking for a lift.
Una got out of the car with a gun in his hand….
THE END f