Zanei seemed so preoccupied with thoughts as she leaned back on the black leather sofa with a mug of hot coffee in her arms.
Mengo could not tell whether her questions had irritated her or they had brought back memories. She had traveled all the way for answers and she could no longer wait. She had hoped that her aunt Zanei would tell her why they fell apart with her mother, why she left that day 8 years ago without saying hello, and the meaning of the phone call her mother had received.
Zanei felt the weight on her chest, what business had she with coming in between a mother and her daughter. But what if Mengo learnt of the truth later and hated her too for withholding such vital information.
How could she tell Mengo that her mother had another lover, ten years younger than her, whom she secretly sneaked into the house when no one was around. What if she told Mengo that her trying to warn her mother against the affair was the reason for their fall out. What if she told Mengo that on that fateful day her father had found out about the affair and confronted her mother. What if Mengo learnt that her mother’s lover had followed her father and stubbed him to death on the same day. Wait, her father had been long dead and buried, how would she react to the news!!!
Mengo would hate herself for blaming her father while her mother was the reason. She would learn that what her father did was an act of jealousy but he had gone too far by injuring her mother.
Zanei was about to start the whole narration when a phone call came through to the house. The house assistant had reported that a young man by the name Moond wished to speak to Mengo. Zanei observed how excited Mengo got, how she blushed all through the conversation, and how quick she was to request her to accompany her to the hospital.
Love, Zanei thought as she observed how Mengo had forgotten all her worries and focused on Moond….it must be one mysterious thing. It could bring you joy or it could kill. She made a promise to herself that Mengo will never come to learn of anything of what had happened. She would call her sister Nyeza and wire all the amount demanded by the blackmailer. She would then hook her up with a job abroad and help her get citizenship. As for Mengo, she would switch schools and live with her.
Her move would give Nyeza a new beginning. As for Mengo, she would have the opportunity to visit Moond as often as she wished and vise-verser.
She did not know how she would make the questions fade from Mengo but she was going to do something immediately even though she had no idea what…
Mengo was too young to get a distorted image of love…Zanei bit her lip.
On their way from the hospital, Zanei gave Mengo a warm embrace and whispered to her ears “love is a beautiful thing for the wise”….