FORKS AND KNIVES – Episode 1
A story by Kennedy C Katongo
∆ FAMILY ∆
“Where is your brother?”
“Mum! You need to knock and not just kick down doors… I think his in the study.” Malumbo responded as he walked up to lock the door.
It was a Saturday morning, with the sun already at it’s pick, boredom had struck like lightening.
Malumbo was the second born from the Katongo’s family. His elder brother Mambwe who happened to be next in line to run the family business was the sheep among the wolves in the family. And lastly was April, she was the last born and was finishing her studies at Apex Medical University. She was the spoiled one among the three and happened to be everyone’s headache in the family.
“I’ve been looking everywhere for you…” His mom said as she entered the study room.
“Mum the house is huge, why didn’t you just call me instead of searching for me in every room?” Mambwe asked her.
“That didn’t cross my mind. Anyway I want you to deposit money at the bank, am hoping you can make it before they close.” She said as she got a small black bag and placed it on the table.
“Why am I depositing money – Isn’t this April’s job?” He asked her as he placed the book he had held in his hands on the table.
“Nope! She’s grounded. I just got a call from the landlady at her place that she went out clubbing and drinking again. In fact am telling your father to cut on her allowance.” His mom said strongly. He could see it in her eyes that she was really upset about it.
After all, the last time his younger brother was reported of a similar offense she had to sale his car just to set him right.
“Have you asked Malumbo to do it?” Mambwe nagged.
“No I haven’t. Unless you want me to ground you as well keep asking those questions.” She lashed out, “That’s K20, 000, it’s from the houses… So make sure you deposit in that account.”
With those words she got up and left. Unlike his siblings, Mambwe wasn’t a mobile person. Most of the times he could be studying or catching up on some new series on Netflix. He rarely went out and all this started when his previous relationship had to end because it caused tension and drama among most of his family members.
“Hey bro, have you met mom… She was looking for you.” Malumbo said as he walked into the study room with a laptop in his hands.
“Yes I have. I need to go to the bank, April has been grounded again.” Mambwe said.
“She’s now becoming a problem, she wants to be out partying on a daily basis. She will be lucky if mom doesn’t tell dad.” Malumbo exclaimed with a laugh.
“You too late, she’s already spoken about having her allowance cut.” Mambwe said as they both began laughing.
“What’s that book? I don’t think I’ve seen it in here before…” Malumbo said as he pointed at the book that Mambwe had placed on the table earlier.
“It’s new, Jane sent it… It’s a pretty good read. Kind of heart breaking though.” Mambwe noted as he turned to pick up the small money bag.
“Broken Tie huh! Sounds intriguing. Will read it when you done. Get some pizza on your way back.” Malumbo said as his brother walked.
Mambwe arrived at the bank and found people lined up, instead of just going inside like always he joined the line.
After what seemed like 20 minutes he was still there, in an attempt to leave he bumped into someone.
“Damn! What’s wrong with you!” The young lady exclaimed. Her bag and phone were on the floor.
“Am really sorry.” Mambwe responded as he bent over to help her pick her things.
“Don’t touch anything. My God! you need to watch were you going. You lucky my phone ain’t broken.” She said as she stood up.
For Mambwe, being spoken to as such was a new thing. After all, he was considered as one of the youngest minds to make it on the Real Estates Market at such a young age. Yes, other than the family business – Mambwe owned houses and a small construction company.
Being spoken to with no regard of who he was was overwhelming on his side.
The young lady left in a rush as she seemed frustrated.
‘Should I follow her? What if she’s married?’ Mambwe thought to himself as he stood wondering what to do next, without even making a solid decision… He found himself following her.
“Hello, excuse me.” He called out to her.
“You again… Why are you following me? Are you some pervert or something?” She said in a harsh toned up voice.
“Wow. Like seriously…” He paused in surprise.
“Look, stop following me okay.” She said as she stood and began walking again.
“Just a minute please… I would like to know your name.” Mambwe said calmly.
“What’s wrong with you dude? Get a life.” She said.
Mambwe stood in the corridor lost of words. Such a thing had never happened to him, for some unknown reason he felt guilty. Like a wet cat, he humbly walked himself back to the bank.
Instead off lining up like before, he went direct to the door were he was stopped and denied entry by the officer.
“Am sorry sir but you will have to join the line like everybody else.” He said.
“Actually…” Before he could speak the officer cut him short.
“I saw you pa line boss, so I don’t even know why you trying to enter. These people came here earlier than you by the way.” He said rudely.
“What’s your name?” Mambwe asked him.
“You don’t need to know my name just follow the line that’s all.” He responded.
In that moment a young man came out from inside to meet Mambwe.
“How are you sir?” He said with a warm look on his face.
“Am fine thank you. Long time no see…” Mambwe said warmly.
“Yes sir. You rarely visit us. We didn’t know that you are the one coming today.” He said as he opened the door for Mambwe. The security officer just faced down in shame without a word.
“Is Jane around?” He asked.
“At the moment she’s in a meeting, would you like me to notify her of your arrival?” He asked as they walked into a private lounge.
“No it’s okay. I will just wait for her. Here is K20,000, and you can bring me the papers please…” Mambwe said as he sat down.
“Would you like me to bring you something to drink?” He asked.
“Just a bottle of water will do.” Mambwe responded.
Just after he was done making the deposit, Jane walked in. She had her red high heals and black dress that caressed her body. On top was a bit of red to match with the shoes.
“Why didn’t you tell me you coming?” Jane asked as she hugged Mambwe.
“I didn’t want to bother you, besides it was a last minute kinda thing. How’s the new CEO of ZANACO bank doing?” He asked her as they both sat down.
“Everything is going well thank you. And how’s Bliss Estates future CEO doing?” She asked him.
“Come on, you know I have no plans of taking over the family business. Am doing just well on my own.” Mambwe smiled.
“It’s a good thing am the only one who knows that crazy idea of yours. Otherwise if your mom knew about it she would collapse to meet father Moses.” Jane said as they both began laughing.
“I see you still have the watch I bought for you.” Mambwe noted, his eyes were all over her body as they sat.
“Just because we no longer dating doesn’t mean I have to throw the things you got me. Beside, it looks dashing on me – what you think?” She smiled with her hand raised for him to have a better view.
Jane was Mambwe’s ex-girlfriend. The two of them had dated for 2 years and then one faithful day Jane was approached and warmed to stay away from Mambwe.
All this happened before she even joined ZANACO, that time she was just an ambitious accountant trying to make it on the cooperate ladder. To stay away from Mambwe, she cut all forms of communication with him untill a year ago when the newsletter of Zambia’s youngest CEO to run a bank went viral on social media.
“You seem stressed. Is everything okay?” She asked him.
“Everything is fine. I just found out that mom knows we’ve been communicating.” He told her.
“Don’t tell me she thinks am going to steal her baby boy from her.” She giggled.
“Did you have to say that? Come on. It’s not like that.” He objected.
“Your wife better be strong.” She commented as she continued laughing, “Did you get the book I sent you?” She enquired of him.
“Thanks, I don’t know how I forgot to call you. It’s lovely. Am really enjoying it .”
“I knew you would like it.” Jane said with her white teeth beaming at Mambwe.
It wasn’t always when the two of them met, but when they did. It didn’t take one to be a genius to notice the deep chemistry between them.
To be continued.