The Undisputed Episode 20
© Tisa Phiri
Thandi was going back to work, it was already a week past and her off days had come to an end with the funeral and helping Mattie move in with her, it seemed to have run out quicker than she expected.
“morning Thandi?” Harold greeted her immediately she opened the door to his office.
” well come back, i Hope you managed to do whatever it is you wanted the leave days for, we have lots of things on our plate. I bet you have to start going through that file without delay. ” Harold rushed through his speech.
” am fine thanks and how are you doing?” Thandi smiled at her boss who seemed to go straight into business without greeting her.
” yeah, sorry, my mind is just so pilled up. Am fine dear. I hope you are too” he sighed sitting back in his chair.
Thandi was still standing on the other side of his table, dressed in a pink chiffon dress that went up her knees. Her new hair style, short and curled 100 percent weave giving her a hot look.
” what?” Thandi asked noticing how Harold had been checking her out.
” you look good. I love that hair style but am afraid you will have to undo it tomorrow.” He smiled
” okey?” Thandi asked wanting to hear more
” yeah, you are requiresd to go for the photo shoots for that company we signed a contract with the other week. And this is the kind of hair look they want.” Harold added, pushing a leaflet towards Thandi.
” yeah great. You only forgot to mention that i will have nothing on my body except that wig” she sat down unpleased.
” Thandi we already talked about….”
” i know am sorry i just thought maybe something down my body would do” she frowned
” well, look at that, you will have your hands on your sensitive parts. The whole essence is to show your perfect body and skin so that the photo will display an ellegant skin on the cover of this product they want to launch.
Besides that you and other models will have a function this friday were some stake holders will attend. The company wants to launch the product and your services are needed there.” He went through the details as Thandi listened in quitely.
” that’s okey. I bet am back for work. Anything else boss ? i go through this” she lifted the file up.
” yeah, one more thing” Harold responded.
“Ummm what are you doing this evening?” He asked.
” nothing planned yet, anything ?” Thandi looked up his face.
” i want you to meet someone this evening. Say dinner at 7?”
” am sorry, but am i in the position to ask who this someone is?” She made a face raising her forehead.
” don’t worry its not work its kind of personal, but i would really love you to go. I promised the person you will see him and i pray you accept to” Harold smiled.
” what’s this about Harold, you acting up” she chuckled.
” just get to that address and met the gentle man there. He knows who you are and it shouldn’t be hard for him to see you. You will be fine don’t worry. You are the best i have in this company i wouldnt lead you to anything bad” he smiled dismissing her after handing her the address.
” will see you later” she nodded leaving the room.
‘ wait, am i supposed to dress casually of formally? ” she looked back before leaving the door.
” just be yourself dear” Harold smiled
” okey” Thandi said walking out her mind trying to process what Harold just told her. ” who is this person who wouldn’t ask me for dinner straight up? ” she wondered as she got to her desk.
Back at home…
Sali and Mattie were planning on how they would expand Mattie’s fish business.
” since i have this money Thandi lend me, what do you think of us putting what we have together and starting this business at a larger scale. Say we build a shop within town, buy some freezers and we start buying fresh fish from Kafue and dry ones from Luangwa.” Sali suggested.
” oh yeah thats it, that’s it Sali!, wow, why didnt i think of that idea before? Its brilliant love. We can find a space to build on or even rent some shop from a central place in town. You know relish is something that people would always buy on a daily basis. Executed well, we will make good money” Mattie responded excited.
” we will. Lets just plan well on how to begin. By the end of this month we should be settled.” Concluded Sali.
The girls agreed and immediately went into making a budget for their business. By the time they were done it was past mid day.
” There’s someone at the door Mattie!” Sali called out from the bathroom.
” i got it!” Mattie responded walking to see who had come.
” Joe, what a surprise, you are welcome ” she smiled at Joe who stood by the door clad in a suit she guesed he was from the office.
” hey Mattie, doing okey at a new place?” Joe asked as Mattie led him inside.
” yeah, there is no better place to be than here with my two favourite persons.” Mattie giggled.
” yeah thats great.” Joe nodded
” she’s taking a bath, we had a business meeting here the whole morning”she informed him seeing how Joe’s eyes kept researching around she assumed he was looking for Sali.
” okey. Great i just wanted to take her out for lunch today” he smiled.
” wow, am sure she will be thrilled. Let me tell her to ….” Mattie couldn’t finish her sentence and Sali walked out wrapped in a towel that showed off all her thighs covering a small part of her hips.
” oh my God! Am sorry love, i didnt know we had a visitor” she screamed shy.
“Well, there she is” Mattie laughed and walked away from the living room.
” hey! ” Joe swallowed hard. You look ummmmm..” he paused scratching his head.
” naked! ” Sali responded laughing.
” let me just…”
” yeah sure!” Joe cut her nodding his head as Sali pointed at the bed room door.
She rushed to go to the bedroom leaving Joe smiling at her.
” wow!” He sighed sitting back. ” now that was a perfect skin” he thought to himself resurfacing Sali’s wet body he just saw a few minutes back.
He even felt the his reason for seeing her was timely. He felt he couldn’t hold himself anymore. He had to make her his as soon as possible. In his mind he knew now that Sali was getting there, he was to face some competition and he dared not have some other guy snopping his nose on what he had seen grow into something beautiful. He assured himself she was going to be his soon enough.
Telling his parents about Sali was hard but he made it a mission to convince them.
” i don’t know Joe, are you certain she’s the right person for you? She was a house worker in this house for years son, you could have chosen better” his mother had argued when he told her about his relationship with Sali.
” mother, all my sisters and brothers married whoever they chose, why will it be different for me?” He asked his mother.
” well cause none of them chose a house girl Joe come on. Plus that girl has issues too. She didn’t even say bye to us the last time she left. She cannot be trusted ” his mother pointed out.
” well, am sorry to disappoint you mother, but Sali is a good person those issues you talking about are long gone and she’s doing okey now. Besides, i don’t even know why am even explaining myself here mom, i love her and none of you will change that. Please just accept her already. That girl has been through a lot and i don’t want some mother in law drama in her life now. I want her to be happy and i know she will make me happy too cause she loves me. Atleast i know she loves me genuinely unlike those girls out there who are just after money.” Joe stood on his point.
” well, its obvious nothing your mother and i will say will change your mind, just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into and don’t come say we never told you. ” his father sighed.
” thank you father. I will bring her here when the time is right.” Joe smiled at his parents his mother shaking her head at him.
” am all dressed up now!” Sali announced snapping Joe from his thoughts.
” you look great my love, can i have my hug and kiss now?” Joe smiled standing and opening his arms to receive her.
” here you are silly, i missed you ” Sali embraced him and slightly kissed his lips but he pulled her closer.
” that kiss is for your in-laws, can i have what i derseve? ” Joe laughed holding her closer.
Sali smiled lifting her face to look at his. She lifted her self on her toes and held his neck kissing him deeper.
” mmmmm thats more like it my love” Joe smiled widely not letting her go.
” well, what brings a handsome man dressed in a full office suit to my house this time of the day?” Sali asked him.
” can’t a man see his beloved woman at any time he wishes?” He teased pushing her hair off her face.
” nmmmmhmhmh, i don’t know, on such a busy day, monday. Something isn’t usual” she sighed pulling his hand and leading him to sit down.
” no love am not here to sit. I came to pick you up for lunch. I wanted to eat with my woman today ” he shrugged. ” and i have exactly 1 hour before my lunch time is over, can we leave now?” He amiled
” am all yours handsome, i will be crazy to defile such a handsome looking man’s wishes” she laughed and walked to grab her shoes.
In a few minutes they settled at a poshy restraunt to eat. Their order came in a few minutes later as Joe had already called in the order before he went to pick Sali.
” Sali sat back ready to enjoy the meal and she opened the plate before her, expecting a delicious meal, just to see a small item sparking bright in the centre of the plate.
Shocked, she looked up at Joe’s face just to see him go down the table kneeling before her.
” what is…?” She stammered realising what was going on.
” I saw this in some movie and i thought it was so romantic, i couldn’t come up with my own ideas of how to do this” Joe started a wide smile on his face.
” Saliya Kalenga, will you marry me?” He asked his deep small eyes filled with passion and pure love.
” Joe, … oh my God, Joe you will kill me!” Sali cried tears of joy in her eyes as the people around looked on.
” what do i say, you are too much my love.” She cried even more, tears running down her face.
” say yes my love. You are the one after my heart and i want you to be mine forever!, will you marry me and make me the happiest man in Zambia?” Joe smiled still kneeling.
” yes!, yes i wll marry you. I love you Joe, i love you so much you amaze me” she shouted happily.
Joe slipped the engagement ring on her fingers and she stood up crying loudly this time pulling him up and throwing herself in his arms. He gradly held her closer and kissed her tenderly.
” thank you for accepting” he smiled in her face.
” wait” she laughed wiping her tears. ” i have to go” she stepped back.
” what? Where? but we need to eat our food now!” Joe laughed holding her hand.
” i have to tell the girls , this is too much happiness for me alone my love, i have to go” she said impatiently making Joe laugh.
” come on love, the food is already served just sit down we eat then we will celebrate later!” He pulled her back.
Sali was over joyed, she couldnt hold still the knife and folk in her hands, she kept shaking until Joe decided to feed her instead.
Minutes later, Joe dropped her home promising to see her later in the evening after knocking off. He drove away happy and relieved. ” well, thank you Lord Jesus she said yes ” he whispered to himself as he went away.
That evening the girls sat together, Thandi had just knocked off. She threw herself on the couch sighing heavily.
” girls i want to take you out tonight. I don’t care if its a monday.” Sali who had waited for the moment to announce the good news announced cheerfully.
She stretched her hand to show off her ring.
” we need to celebrate!” She yelled loudly.
” he didn’t! ” Thandi exclaimed.
” yes he did guys and i said yes, i love him even more now!” Sali screamed happily.
” Oh Sali sweety you lucky fool!” Mattie teased pulling Sali into a hug and the girls went on saying how beetifiul the ring was.
” we are so happy for you Sali. Joe is a good man and you deserve him. After everything we have been through. This is God’s bleesings shining on you” They uttered the words with admiration.
Mattie sat back quiet. ” what’s wrong now my love? You look sad” Sali asked sitting down next to Mattie.
” i wish i had fallen in love with a genuine man too. It hurts to love a jerk like Kelly. One i can’t even have to myself” she shook her head.
” oh Mattie come on, you are still beautiful and young am certain you will find a good man who will love you with all your flaws too. Take heart” Thandi spoke to her calmly.
” yeah sure. I don’t know, its so hard to forget him especially after the last meeting i had with him.”
” what happened back there sweety?, you have never told us anything the past days. ” Thandi asked her.
” its easier when you talk about it Mattie. Come on tell us what happened at the lodge in Kafue” Sali added as the girls both moved closer to her.
” and be fast too, i have an arranged Dinner with God knows who ” Thandi sighed.
” mmm and who organised such for you?” Mattie asked.
” who else if not my crazy boss” Thandi frowned.
” no wonder i don’t want a man. I dont like going for such ventures especially when am tired. I love my life as it is free from heart achs, no offense girls ” she smiled looking at Mattie and Sali.
” none taken sweety. Sali here is the only one lucky with love.” Mattie responded.
” and she derseves a girls time out. We need to celebrate your engagement Sali and the bill is on me. But not today. Lets make it friday” Thandi looked at Sali.
” yes ! Thanks love” Sali laughed.
” anyway i have minutes before i leave for that dinner. Now can you tell us what’s up with you and that coloured dude” Thandi patted Mattie’s hand.
” okey, i will tell you. No matter how painful it feels. I just want to forget him already.” Mattie sat back placing her back on a soft pillow on the couch.
To be continued