The Undisputed Episode 29
© Tisa Phiri
Everything in life happens for a reason. We meet people for a certain God ordained purpose. For some people its for a long time, they see us through life’s happiest moments or the most defeaning times. In times of hope and despair they stand by us. They become a part of our thoughts and lives, a day can not pass without their existence being spoke of either directly or indirectly in our daily activites because it is in the very nature of our lives that we are bound and connected.
One of such deep connected friendship is what existed between Thandi, Mattie and Sali. The more challanges they faced, the more bound they become and the stronger they grow in love for each other. There was nothing to dispute their bond, it was undisputed so was their endurance in lifes most difficulty times.
As the girls did their make up in readiness for Saliya’s wedding which was on in a couple of hours, there was no explaining the joy each one of them was feeling.
Sali was marrying the love of her life. The man that had not only become her friend but one who would move distances with her and for her. Se knew Joe loved her with everything she was. A man who accepted her for who she was with all her weaknesses.
” how are you feeling sweety?” Thandi asked looking at Sali from the wide mirrow in front of them as the hair dressers did the final touches on their hair.
” i don’t know how to explain it. I feel so excited and happy at the same time scared that this kind of happiness is imposible. I fear someone might woke me up and tell me its all a dream and there is no such man as Joe” Sali said with an honesty smile.
” well, you better snap out of it Sali, Joe is a real man and he is waiting for you at the alter, he loves you and nothing of such sort as an end to a dream will come your way. ” Mattie spoke rubbing her stomac unconsciously as she sat on a stool away from the mirrow. She had ready and all prepared as they had attended to her first before Thandi.
” yeah, i wonder if that is meant for me or you referring to yourself” Sali laughed pointing at her as she went on rubbing herself.
” well partly its my own way of assuring myself. I carry the most precious gem inside myself, each day i woke up i feel like am living a dream. There is no way of explaining how happy i feel carrying Kelly’ s child” she smiled widely.
” you deserve that sweety i always tell you. Who could have known that this day would come huh? When my Sali would be getting married to the most handsome and loving man alive.
Matilda would carry a child for Kelly, may his soul rest in peace, a child who will not only comfort her but will make my Mattie complete” Thandi raised her hands.
” and that Thandi, would become the top model of the country, dating one of the most intelligent and hot looking lawyer of the town.” Sali added looking at Thandi.
Thandi smiled standing up and taking some flirty steps to and from as she spoke.
” say that again my love, my joy can not be overated, am so happy, i fall in love with Alex sometimes it hurts just to think of him when he’s not with me. ” she laughed as everyone else joined her.
” thats my girl, you deserve that too.” Mattie shouted clapping her hands.
” i feel bad talking about our men though, you derseve one good man too and i pray to God for you find another one soon. You are still young….”
” hey stop Thandi!” Mattie raised her hand at her.
” who needs a man in my condition? Besides whatever love i had experienced with my Kelly was enough to last a life time. I don’t feel i will ever love again. Besides i will be too busy taking care of my baby here till she or he grows up” Mattie shrugged.
” talking of men,” Sali added
” i saw how Noah was eyeing you at the rehearsal sessions the past weeks. That guy is into you girl and it seems he can’t even notice you carrying a child there. ” Sali looked at Mattie.
” what? Oh no he didnt, you just exaggerating!” She shook her head chewing on the pizza piece she had ordered earlier.
” Sali is right, Noah seems to be a good guy though, he’s neat and dark. Being friends with Joe is an added advantage” Thandi said with a laugh.
” mmmmm dream on ladies i like the way you match making us right now. He’s only my dance partner and nothing else.” Mattie spoke her mouth full.
” easy up on that pizza Mattie, you don’t have to fill yourself so much before going to dance today! ” they laughed.
” excuse me Sali , its time you wore the dress, we are a few minutes out. You dress up too girls we need to move the men are waiting” came the matron’s voice interrupting yhe girls.
” yea sure Matron. Go on help our bride, we will dress up too!” Mattie wipped her hands standing up.
After 30 minutes they were parked outside the church. Thandi and Mattie were the braids maid clad in pink flayered dresses that went up to their knees and black wedges of medium heels. Alex and Noah who was Joe’s best friend were the groom’s men.
Sali was silent as she sat awaiting for the matron to tell her to go ahead inside. She was to walk in with the girls as she had no relative to take her.
” okey Sali you can come out now. The girls will be ahead of you” the matron told her.
She stepped out and her eyes went towards the entrance. ” oh my God! Mama!” She almost screamed seeing her very own mother standing their all dressed up ready to take her in.
” i don’t understand… i ” she stammered shocked.
” well my love, your mother is alive and is here. We wanted to surprise you!” Thandi spoke smiling.
” mama!” She cried hugging her mother and crying at the same time completely puzzled.
” my baby am so glad to finally meet you after years of searching. You look so beautiful like a princess you are” her mother exclaimed with joy.
” i missed you so much mama. You have no idea how much i wished to see you again. i thought you were dead and i …..”
” its okey my baby. We will have all the time to talk later this is your moment and that wonderful and good man is waiting” her mother smirked wiping away the tears in her eyes.
” but i dont…”
” its a surprise your man wanted for you. He told us not to say a word. Joe went to look for your mother weeks ago, he followed your story and went back to Chongwe. It took time but am sure he will tell you of that too. We met your mom two days ago and we prepared her for the wedding. ” Mattie explained to Sali who shook he head tears of joy in her eyes.
” yeah we wanted your day to be so great and memorable and it wouldn’t have beem complete without your dear mother” Thandi added wiping her tears.
” you girls are … you are crazy to have kept this from me she laughed amid tears. I will get you both for this” she teased hugging them.
” we love you Sali and we are here to see you have your happiness complete” they told her .
The matron cleared her throat…” girls can we be moving now” she patted Sali’s face to cover the wetness.
” ofcourse” they smiled and Thandi and Mattie walked ahead with Sali’s mother holding Sali and smiled at her as she led her inside.
Sali kept looking at her mother and smiling,
As they walked in the bells ringing, and later on the song by Shania Twain ‘from this moment’ played softly, Sali looked ahead at Joe. A perfect gentleman dressed in a white suit with a pink balltie that matched the ribbon on her shoulder of her one hand wedding dress that fitted her breasts and fall down to her feet.
She couldnt help love him more. ” how posible are you my love?, you took the trouble to look for my mother just to make sure this day is complete for me?” She whispered when she was handed to him and he held her hand close facing the man of God who was to bless their marriage.
” i wanted it all for you. I had to try to find the missing piece in your life and now i know its all there. I was convinced your mom was still alive i had to try find her, I love you” he smiled whispering to her as the pastor indicated for the music to be stopped and the people gathered to take their seats.
The pastor went on preaching about the sacredness of marriage, how the couple ought to take care of each other and serve God for their marriage to sustain. He told them the greatest gift of God to man kind was the gift of love. For in love is the centre of humanity. He told them, nothing was impossible with love and that it is the pillar to guide them through all their troubled and happy times.
After the vows he pronounced them husband and wife and Thandi and Mattie smiled with joy and tears in their eyes as they watched him hold her and kiss her with pure love and passion.
Sali’s mother cried through most of the session. The happiness she was feeling inside for her only daughter who she knew had endured a lot to be were she was taking her breath away.
” they are perfect together. ” Mattie wiped a tear from her eyes.
” yeah they are.” Noah who stood close to her whsipered with a smile.
Mattie looked at him and he smiled widely showing off his white teeth and his dark face so calm. ” you look beautiful Mattie. ” he chuckled
” thanks, you not bad yourself” she smiled back and held her stomach again making Noah look down at her hand and smiled.
” how far long?” He asked
” what? Who told you… or i know, Joe” she sighed.
” well he did but i knew before hand, am a medical doctor” he smiled
” okey, almost 4 now” she shrugged.
” great” he responded looking up as the bride and groom walked out and they stepped forward following them, Thandi and Alex walked behind them too.
The after math was so wonderful and well prepared, some invited guest danced at the centre of the wall as the groom and bride had their moment too.
Alex pulled Thandi close and smiled in her face. ” what?” She asked seeing he kept smiling at her.
” i love you Thandiwe, your looks this evening are killing me i feel like taking you away to my bed right now” he teased.
” mmmhmh you are too much my man, you look so sweet too i can’t help feeling jealousy of the girls who keep on eyeing you.” She laughed as they danced.
” well let me go tell them am taken. I have the most beautiful African woman in here” he smiled letting her go.
” what are you doing babe?” She asked when she saw him walk to the front.
” no he won’t ” Thandi looked at Mattie
” what now?” Mattie laughed.
” i was just joking about the girls and …..” she couldn’t finsih her sentence and Alex spoke in the mic.
” may i have your attention please!” He smiled as everyone went silent the music stopping in an instance.
” i would like you people to help me. I have found the most beautiful woman and she’s in the house today. Even though i have been with her for a few months, i know she is what makes me complete. Today my man Joe has taken a bold step to be with the woman he loves. And am greatly inspired, i thought well, if my fellow man can be so fearless to make a commitment, why can’t i when i cannot stop dreaming about my woman even when she belongs to me.” Alex looked at Thandi who was smiling widely at him.
” help me to beg this woman, Thandiwe, the love of my life to marry me!” He shouted and every one turned to look at Thandi.
” My caramel, my susunshine, will you marry me?!” He shouted raising the Gold ring up in the air towards her.
Thandi felt stationed , she was speechless and lost of words.
” say yes! Say yes!” Sali shouted followed by Mattie and everyone in the room joined in the shout. ” Say yes! Say yes! Say yes! ” they clapped.
Thandi smiled her face wet now, she walked to him shaking her head she couldnt contain her joy.” Yes i will marry you Alex, i love you” she whispered but loudly and he stood placing the ring on her finger before kissing her.
” Thank you babe, thank you” he lifted her as people clapped and the music played on as the girls gathered together, the three of them having their moment. They laughed and smiled and the beaming joy shone on their faces everyone could see it but none of them understood how deep their joy had gone.
To be continued