…Mr John Musonda Immediately closed the door and drove out leaving Joan in a transfixed state. She collapsed on the floor and wept profusely as it has completely dawn on her that her man is not coming back soon.
She cried out there in the open space for a very long time before the gateman eventually helped her up. She went inside with her package and continued crying. She had emaciated just within 24hours. She wanted to call her mother, but decided to call Becky who didn’t pick up the call until the sixth time.
“Becky, I am finished” Joan said over the phone crying. “Your case can’t be as terrible as mine” Becky replied. “What? What Happened?”
Joan found herself concerned for her friend.
“My dear it is a long story, a story of not appreciating what you have until you lose it. I can’t give you the details on the phone. Why not come over to my place this morning, cos I really need to talk to someone. I will call Matilda to join us as soon as I drop the call.” Becky replied.
“No no no, don’t call that b*tch. I’m not ready to face her yet cos I might strangle her. This is just between us. I will be with you in a jiffy.” Joan said and dropped the call.
She went in and freshened up and then left for Becky’s house on an empty stomach.
On getting to Becky’s place, she met her dishing some watery noodles. At the age of 26, Becky still does not know the right amount of water that will make noodles.
Joan joined her because her stomach was betraying her by making some audible noises.
She carefully selected the noodles with her fork leaving the water behind.
After they finished eating, Joan explained everything that has been happening in her home since Sunday. How her husband slept out for the first time. How he believes she is a lesbian and also, the dildo he bought for her. She spared no details from Becky. She broke down into tears after she
was done with her story.
Becky comforted her and told her she will talk to her husband.
“He won’t listen to you. He doesn’t like you much. He believes you are more of a negative influence.” Joan said.
“Don’t worry dear, we will work it out. Even if am not destined to get married I will not watch and do nothing allowing your marriage to collapse.
“You will do this for me for real?” Joan asked to be sure she’s hearing well.
“Yes I will. Not just for you alone but for everyone that I’m capable of helping” Becky replied.
Joan left her sit and gave Becky a tight hug. It seems Joan has become a hugger too.
“Wait a minute, what do you mean by not being destined for marriage?” Joan asked
“Well, I just lost a wonderful man, and I don’t think I can ever get a good man for myself again after my waywardness.” Becky explained.
“Who?” Joan asked
“Ben” she replied
“Who’s Ben?” Joan asked again.
“One of my boyfriends” she replied.
“Then continue with the rest of your boyfriends boi. Or what’s so special about Ben” Joan concluded her speech with a question
“I think I’m in love with him and he has proposed to me” she said.
“Are you in love with him cos he proposed or you’re truly in love with him” Joan asked.
“Well I don’t know, I’m not sure. I’m just confused” Becky said stuttering.
“Since he has proposed already, you should be with him to find out what you really feel for him. And also, you have to cut other men out of your life since you’re engaged” Joan advised.
“Are you not listening? I said I lost him already” Becky said almost breaking down in tears.
“Now I’m confused. What happened, here you are still with an engagement ring and you’re saying something contradictory. Please let me understand you.” Joan said
Becky later explained all that happened to her the day before.
“I wished the damn ground would open and swallow me immediately I saw James some minutes after I was engaged. But the ground wouldn’t grant my wish. Ben walked to us and finally introduce James as his distant cousin and, me his fiancee.
James laughed hysterically drawing the attention of other guests. He told Ben that I was his girlfriend, not anymore now as it’s now obvious I am cheating of him. He told Ben how he had sexed me for a number of times yesterday. James challenged me to rebuff his claims which I couldn’t do to the disappointment of Ben and other guests. I left shamefully and Ben never came after me which is an assurance that I’ve lost him for real.” Becky narrated as tears flowed down her cheek.
“I’m so sorry darling, I really am. For you to be this hurt, yet you choose to listen to and help me out of my predicament shows you are a true friend. I’ve been so blind to see that you have a good heart but judging you for your imperfection. I’m so sorry” Joan said tearfully.
They hugged each other again as the cried.
“I lost more than Ben” Becky said after they had ended their emotional moment.
“What else did you loose?” Joan asked.
“I lost over more than K31,0000 which he borrowed and promised to return but now we’ve broken up, there’s no way I can get my money back” Becky said letting out another stream of tears.
“Of course you will get your money back. I won’t watch him get away with your money” Matilda said.
Becky and Joan were surprised. They had no idea when she entered and didn’t know how much she had heard. Matilda had only heard Becky’s last statement cos she just entered.
“I’m not going to let any man play you for a fool. We will set him up. We will make sure he vomits all that he has swallowed and even more. Men will pay dearly for hurting us” Matilda said bitterly.
Becky and Joan stood confused looking at Matilda on how she has taken it personal. Joan later found her voice and she uttered what shook even the foundation of the house.
“We don’t need your help neither do we need your friendship anymore”.