The Outcast

The Outcast – Episode 27

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The Outcast – Episode 27

Written by Amah

“he said his name is Duma, he likes me Mbazi but he can be shy sometimes, and he is good looking too, I like him alot…is just that…I don’t know what the future will hold for all of us here… what do you think..

“Marie…you need not worry, if he likes you and you like him everything will eventually turn out fine…I have known you to always go for what you want…you are outspoken and always speaks your mind freely…the only minor issue I have with you is you can love excessively if you want to love…and when it turns out sour..You also go sour with it…I’m speaking from example…

“hahahaha, I love with everything in me…holding back nothing, and when I’m hurt it never stop me from moving on or loving again despite I will take sometime to nurse my hurt but after that…I move on without looking back…when I started loving you back then..i thought I won’t be able to live without you until the truth hit me hard…I cried and moved on with my life…now I’m already loving Duma, praying for the future to be beautiful for two of us…I never thought of finding something good over here…until I came, everything around here is cool and beautiful, I love this place and I don’t plan to leave soon…

“Your parents will be worried…they will be very sad with your disappearance…aren’t you worried or thought of home sometime

“I do worry, but like you usually say…anybody that miss me or needs me knows where to find me….i told Jarina what you told me before I followed you here…she was so scared and warned me never to embark on a journey of no return…I was scared too at first but I’m not any more… this place is really beautiful…thank you Mbazi…

“I would have gotten married to you and makes my Pah proud…all your sketched out plan will be accomplished and then one day we find out that one of our son or daughter is sick and is a deadly sickness, instead of finding cure or solution to it the tribes leader which I may probably be among them by then will cast him off, I will join hand in casting my own child off because I have to live by example, I can’t defy any order because I’m a tribe leader…well the sad story about the outcast will continue, and we will keep scaring our children and even our next generation with it, nobody will want to dare stand up in their defence because is a taboo, is against the law…Zila took the first step and the gods led me to follow suit…it was time…the right time to end this barbaric act…let us live as one people that we are…and not allow man made law to come between us…do you understand Marie…

“yes…I do…I’m glad that we didn’t get married…it was all the will of the gods… I know you well enough Mbazi, if not that the gods led you down here through Zila…you would have being worst than your Pah, after all his training…you would have love to live and make your Pah proud no matter what it takes…well, I can be selfish sometime and only think of myself mostly, but I now realize is not just about me, there are more to life than looking beautiful, making a sad person to smile is the main thing not imagining a handsome and well respected husband that I creates in my head, I became wiser when I came down to this place… how will you feel watching Zila get married tomorrow to Ladi…I’m so happy for her…Ladi is a nice guy… but he hardly smile… only relate so well with Zila…I thought he doesn’t know how to laugh or joke until I saw him laughing and joking with Zila, Mukeh and Kumar the other day … maybe because I haven’t got to know him better…I know they will make a great couple…they look good together…Duma will make a great husband and a wonderful father…what do you think…

“hahahaha…yes..he will, he has a strong arm he will always protect and provide for his household…the gods blessed you with good eyesight for men… Zila will be getting married tomorrow…I’m going to act as a father to her…I will represent Pah…and hand her over to Ladi, Ladi is a good young man…they love each other, Zila fought so hard for this…I’m glad the gods are smiling on them.. After she is married and settled in.. I will follow…I will get married to kumar in a normal ceremony…and live with the woman of my dream…

“me too…I won’t be left behind…me and Duma…is all going to be beautiful…I know you worry sometime…you wait everyday wondering what your Pah and mother are doing…and how you failed them…

“yes…I worry…I worry more about mother…Pah can always take care of himself…he has thought me never to worry about him but more about myselfr…I know the only barrier right now is time…I will give them time…if

“Mbazi…Mbazi your mother is by the boundary…she seek to see you and your sibling…she is troubled…and wants to know if you all are alright …please go quickly she is by the boundary… hurry…

I was still talking with Marie when Duma run up to me, breathing hard as he told me my mother is by the boundary…she was just in my word with Marie…I ran to my hurt to inform Muke and Zila who was planning for her wedding tomorrow, we ran ahead to the boundary, more people joined in, when we finally got to the Boundary…mother was standing with Riko, she quickly crossed over as Riko guide her over to the outcast side, Zila was the first to ran to her and threw herself into her arms…they wept like little girls…I felt so emotional too but I held in back tears as I watch mother hugged Zila after years of not seeing her…they were not ready to let go of each other… I walked up to Riko and hugged him, he is more than just a friend or my Pah’s guard to me…he has proven to be an adviser…after Zila finally let go…I went to mother with Mukeh and touched her feet in greeting…she held me and said…please Mbazi …my son take me down…to wherever you live…my heart couldn’t hold it again…my three children alive but I can’t see them because of law against where they are…I will rather remain with you all than to be left alone with your Pah who keeps more to himself and hardly talks to anyone…everyday has being pain and sadness after you left with Muke…I can’t bear it anymore…I thank the gods for keeping you all safe… and everyone here for being different from what the public tag them…looking at all this beautiful and handsome faces I know the gods has being good to all of you…please let’s go…I don’t want to go back home… Mekah is planning to come with Jarina tomorrow… more people are coming here…even Marie’s parents…very soon..there won’t be boundary anymore…people will see everyone like they are…one people one land…let us go my children…let me also see for myself…

“hahahaha…mother…you are here on time…just in the right time…Zila will be getting married to Ladi tomorrow…

“oh the gods…and you all planned doing that without any of your parents present…Is not like we are dead…my children…the gods led me down just at the right time…I will watch my daughter get married to the man she love…I remember when I newly married your father…it was a dream come true for me…Riko will run home to tell your Pah…

“mother..Pah will not want to come…as much as I want my both parents to be around as I married the man I have come to love and respect I will not want to force anyone…if Pah desires to come…I will be very glad but if not the marriage will still hold…Mbazi is here…and Mukeh too…and you being present is family enough for me…we are moving as the gods led…we will conquer…I am so much happy to see you mother…I never knew how much I missed you until I saw you…welcome to this beautiful side…and meet this wonderful people that I have come to love as see as one family…let’s go mother…there is more to see…here is just a boundary…we opened it up for people who desires to come over….i’m blessed by the gods to have you witness my wedding with Ladi tomorrow…

Zila led mother down while others gently followed behind…Riko left to inform Pah…

I was happy to introduce Kumar to mother…and so many other were also introduced…mother was happy and so is everyone, she was so free with everybody as if she has never being scared of the outcast,

she kept smiling as she watch Zila talk to her about how it has being for her here since she left home,

, i know she has looked out for the day she will finally meet her, and she came just on time to witness Zila’s big day, she will marry a man she picked for herself…a man she cares for and loved even before she know what he looks like behind the mask, she will marry her choice not the choice Pah picked for her..

and I can’t help laughing seeing mother healthy and happy and being here with us…

I know Pah can not live without mother, he will come looking for her… just time will tell.

To be continued

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