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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Stupid Zone Episode 12

The Stupid Zone
Episode 12
During the flight, Tamia and I had argued about where we going to spend the night. I wanted us to sleep at a lodge but she insisted we go to my house.
“Tamia that’s not how things work in Zambia. This is Africa and it is a taboo for a man to bring his girlfriend to sleep in his mother's house.” I tried to reason with her.
"But you are the one who built the house for her so technically it’s yours."
"That’s not the point."
"Then what is?"
"My mother and sisters live there and if I bring you there with me and we sleep in the same room, they will never respect you."
“I don’t really care,” she argued.
“Well I do.”
Before we could conclude our fight, I saw my mom, sisters and a handful of people from our old neighbourhood waving at us or me rather, they didn’t know Tamia. Everyone came rushing to hug me ignoring Tamia because they did not know she was with me. After the pleasantries, the other people got on one bus they had booked while my family, Tamia and I booked taxis to take us home. He taxi was fortunately a Toyota Noah so we all fit in it.
“Who is she?” my mom whispered.
“I’m his girlfriend, Tamia,” said before I could respond.
My mom and sisters exchanged glances and I knew it would be a long day.
We finally reached the house and it was so beautiful. It looked better in person than it did on the photos. Tears had filled my eyes when we drove to the gate because I could not believe we were now living in such a beautiful house.
There was a banner inside that read ‘WELCOME HOME RICHARD’ and I smiled.
“I missed you my son Lijat,” my mom said as she hugged me and tears run as I hugged her.
“You still call me that,” I mumbled into her hair.
My sisters joined in and we embraced in a group hug while the rest of the people watched and ‘awwwed’.
Tamia was standing by the table that was filled with food and drinks and I could see her downing cocktails. I got out of the hug because I knew she would cause problems if she got drunk. Drunk Tamia used to throw tantrums and she would strip naked and dance atop tables, I didn’t want that.
“Easy on that darling.” I said as I took away the third glass from her hand.
“But you and your family are ignoring me.” She said like a baby.
“They haven’t seen me in a long time and they have just met you so give it time.”
She looked at me with puppy eyes and for a moment I forgot we were in a room full of people so I kissed her.
My mom pulled me away from her and cleared her throat sending all the people into laughter. My sisters exchanged glances and Tamia was smiling from ear to ear.
“He must have picked on American bad manners, pardon him.” My mom said and everyone except Tamia laughed.
“I want to say a few words before the party begins. I am proud of my son Lijat because he has single handledly managed to move us out of poverty to what you see now. Most of you were our neighbours and you know how we suffered but God had mercy on us.” She said.
“I just want all of you to clap for my son.”
Tamia laughed at the same time the people were clapping and I could see my sisters were not pleased with her. They avoided her the entire party and they grabbed me from her every chance they got. The party ended at midnight and I told mom I would sleep at a lodge.
“But why? We haven’t seen you in forever and you want to spend the night out.” She complained.
The guests had left and it was just mom, my sisters, Tamia and I.
“I will explain everything tomorrow.” I told her.
“She can sleep in your sister’s room if that’s what you are worried about,” mom said.
I thought she would throw a tantrum considering how she had beaten me after the bana Muzo incident but I was surprised at how she handled it. My mom said a prayer and we all dismissed into our bedrooms.
Tamia was happy she was spending the night at my house but she was shocked to find out we would be sleeping in different rooms. My youngest sister had left her bedroom for Tamia and had joined mom in her room. I went to take a shower and whilst there, I felt the door open and hands circle my waist. I had soap on my face but I knew only one person could do that.
“What are you doing?” I asked her.
But she didn’t respond. She kissed my lips softly whilst she opened the shower to get rid of the soap on my face.
“I know you missed me she smiled naughtily.
****
Mom excitedly barged into my room in the morning when met her eyes an unholy sight. Naked Tamia was sprawled on top of my body and we just had a sheet covering our bottom part.
she gasped at the sight, waking us up from our sleep.
“What in the world is this?” she asked.
Tamia who was usually disoriented after a drunken night sat up not knowing what was going on exactly and ended up exposing my body. Mom rushed out and closed the door and I rushed to lock it.
“Oh shit.” I said.
“What just happened?”
“Mom walked in on us,” I started explaining but then stopped because I recalled that if Tamia had slept in her room, this wouldn’t have happened.
“Pack your bags. We are going to sleep at a lodge.” I said.
“But Richie,” she protested.
“It’s either that or you stick to sleeping in your room alone.” I said sternly. I was upset with her, I wanted someone to blame and she was the easiest if not the only target.
“Whatever,” she said and got off the bed.
I watched her walk into the bathroom and the sight of her naked body made mine quicken in response.
“You are mad at her Richard,” I told myself.
I however found myself showering with her a few moments later and one thing led to another and by the time we got out, an hour had already passed.
I walked out of the room first and told her to pack our bags. I found mom and my sisters watching a Nigerian movie.
“The breakfast is cold now.” My sister said.
“Mom, I am sorry you had to….” I began but she held out her hand.
“I don’t want to hear it. You are a big boy and I just hope you know what you are doing.” She said.
“Ma come on.”
“I just hope you haven’t forgotten that sex outside marriage is a sin.” She said as she stood up to go to the dining table to warm our food.
I stood rooted to my spot because I knew she was right but I had strayed from that path for too long such that I didn’t feel remorseful about it anymore. As I was still processing what mom had said, Tamia walked out of the bedroom wearing a bum short and a crop top making the dragon tattoo on her thigh visible.
“Good morning everyone,” she said with a smile but no one responded.
“Young lady go and get dressed,” my mom said to her and Tamia looked at me then her clothes before going back into the room. She wore a huge T-shirt on top of her bum short and I just shook my head.
“Let’s eat together,” my mom called out to my sisters.
“You didn’t eat?” I asked.
“We were waiting for you.” They all chorused.
We ate in silence and I asked my sister to buy me two phones and sim cards, one for Tamia and one for me. My mom offered to accompany her and my other sisters also followed. Tamia and I remained in the house alone and she kept suggesting we make love until I succumbed. After we were done, we went back to the living room and sat watching TV while we waited.  Had asked her to wear jeans and she did.
We then too the taxi my family members had come and drove to a lodge in woodlands but Tamia turned it down saying it was below her standard.
“Well this is what I can afford so we are staying here,” I told her.
“You like cheap things Richie.” She frowned.
“Well pardon me for being poor, if you wanted rich things then maybe you should have found an American guy who has money to waste like you seem to want.” I shouted.
The receptionist at the lodge looked at us and she was laughing up her sleeve trying to be professional but terribly failing at it.
“Well I am not staying here.” Tamia put her foot down.
“Then you can leave, I am not forcing you.” I had had it with Tamia and I was determined to teach her a lesson.
I could have actually afforded to book a hotel room for at least a week or so but I was not going to waste money like that. It was her fault we were even booking into a lodge in the first place because if I had been alone, I would have just stayed home. I was not officially in employment yet and it was unwise for me to blow all the little money I had come with. I needed to settle in and go through the work conditions of the job I had been offered.
“I will pay for the hotel,” Tamia said quietly.
“I can’t hear you over the sound of your ego.” I teased.
“I will pay for the hotel,” she said louder this time.
I looked at the receptionist and smiled before I turned wheeling my bag out of the lodge. We booked a taxi to Radisson Blu hotel because I loved it. It reminded me of Naomi because she had once told me she would like us to have dinner there when we were grown and could afford it. I had never been to the hotel but I was endeared to it and I wanted to see what it had to offer.
We walked to the reception and I could tell from the look on Tamia’s face that she was not impressed. I knew she was hard to please but the place was so beautiful, who wouldn’t like it?
“Welcome to Radisson Blu hotel,” the receptionist smiled at us.
“Thank you. What kind of rooms do you have?” I smiled at her.
She started explaining about the twin doubles and king size beds but Tamia took me by the hand to stand somewhere the receptionist could not hear us.
“I don’t like it here either,” she said.
“But why? You wanted a hotel and here you are.”
“No, I don’t like it.”
“But why?”
“I just don’t like it. It’s along the road and it has no soil whatsoever, the entire yard is cemented.”
My mouth gaped as I could not believe her. She had once told me she preferred surroundings that were paved and here she was saying the opposite.
“Do you have Sheraton hotel here?” she asked and I said no.
“How about hotel intercontinental?”
I nodded.
“Let’s go there then.” She said.
I shook my head but still wheeled my bag out this time leaving hers. She ran after me shouting my name.
“Richie, you left my bag.”
“I didn’t forget it. But since you are the one who wants to move from place to place, you can wheel your own bag.” I said.
“Richard, you have never been this mean to me.” She said.
“And you have never called me Richard,” I said.
“But babe.”
“You will find me outside looking for a taxi,” I said.
Tamia sulkily went inside and wheeled her bag outside. It was heavier than mine because for some reason she decided to carry a lot of things as if she was the one who had moved permanently.
“You know who Zahara is, right?” Tamia asked me when she came outside.
“Yes, why do you ask?”
I remembered how Naomi had loved Zahara back in the day and the song she kept playing and singing along to. I could still remember it and I had loved it because of Naomi. I had told Tamia I liked a song by a South African artist called Zahara but I left out the reason why.
“The receptionist told me she is lodging here. Some dude hired her when he wanted to propose to his girl who is a huge fun. The proposal was two weeks ago but for some reason Zahara stayed, she will be having live shows in the city.”
“You got all that info just when you went to get the bag?”
“Yeah. You know me and my charm.” She said and kept quiet.
She had probably been excited to tell me about Zahara because of the song ‘Destiny’ which was my favourite song but then she remembered I had left her bag so she put her attitude back on. I laughed softly as I opened the taxi door for her after the driver helped us pack our bags.
The drive to intercontinental was silent and I was dying to ask more details about the Zahara and the marriage proposal but I knew Tamia was not going to talk, she was stubborn like that. I had never been to Inters before but I had visited a number of nice hotels in the US thanks to Tamia so I didn’t seem or feel out of place. We checked in and I went to bath, I expected Tamia to follow me in the bathroom as she usually did but she didn’t.
When I came out, she wasn’t in the room. I just found a note on the bed that read, ‘I have gone to grab a beer because I don’t feel like talking to you right now. Don’t wait up for me.’
I crumpled the paper and threw it in the bin while I got dressed and I decided to go out as well. It was only 6 pm and the night was still young. I decided to take myself to the mall so I could refresh my mind and maybe catch a movie. I booked a taxi to Levy Junction and I decided to walk around a little bit while I waited for my pizza to get ready.
I walked past a bridal shop when I saw someone who looked familiar inside but I brushed it off my mind. However, I couldn’t concentrate on anything so I went back but didn’t find her.
“Was there a young lady who was in here a few minutes ago?”
“Oh Naomi,” she just left the lady who was putting wedding dresses on mannequins said.
“Lucy, what did I tell you about giving private information concerning our customers to other people?” an older lady said as she walked towards me and Lucy.
“I am sorry, I actually asked her.” I said.
“Welcome to our store sir but we don’t give information about our clients to anyone.”
“Even if I am buying something?”
“Even if you are buying something.” she said sternly but with a smile almost as if she was assuring me, I would also enjoy confidentiality if I shopped there.
“Oh I see.” I said as I walked away. I was sure that had been Naomi but I missed my chance to see her.
I got in the elevator and went to check on my pizza so I could eat and watch a movie after. I knew Tamia had gone to drink and honestly I didn’t care much. She was a big girl and she could take care of herself. Besides, she had her phone with her and my number was in it.
“Excuse me sir, can you please stand over there so I could make an order as well,” a lady that came up behind me tapped my shoulder gently.
I turned around to see who it was before I could move.

To be continued

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