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“Mum, I said I’m sorry.” I pleaded one more time.
“No Kara, sorry won’t do. I need to know the reason behind the reason behind this silly feud between you two. Don’t you see? He even had to drag poor Mille into it.”
“Mum, there’s nothing behind it.” I couldn’t look her in the eye.
“Tell that to my palms Kara. I’m not six years old so spill before I lose it completely.”
“Alright mum. Do you remember when I was 13 and robbers attacked our house?”
She folded her arms “Yeah I do.”
“Well,that night, they came in with a teenager. He was the one who was on the lookout for them. He was given a small knife and told to stay in my room to prevent Rachel and I from screaming. When I tried to run, he gave me this cut on my arm.” I showed her the mark.
“I know all of that Kara. What does have to do with the question I asked you?”
“That boy was Philip.”
“What nonsense are you saying child?”
“It’s not nonsense mum. I knew you wouldn’t believe me and that’s why I never said it all this while. You’re too much of a saint mum and you think every person is just like you.”
“At least I’m a saint. Now child,what’s the proof of this claim of yours.”
I sat on the floor and crossed my legs “That boy had a scar on his left cheek and Philip has the same scar on his left cheek too.”
Mum laughed and clapped her hands. “I know you have the ability to remember things easily but Kara,there are millions of people in the world who have a scar on their left cheek too.”
I sighed. “Mum, would you at least let me finish?”
“Sorry ma, carry on”
“I stole his diary and I read it. He admitted it in his diary. He wrote that he never knew that the same family he once help robbers rob would come to his rescue. He wrote that in his diary mum, with his own hands. Now if I were like you mum, I would have forgiven him but NO! I’ll never do that. He gave me a cut mum, he gave me this damn mark that has refused to go.”
“Let me finish mum. That’s the reason I vowed to make his life miserable. I’m sorry he had to drag Jamille into it. The truth is he doesn’t know that I know about it. I promise you mum, Philip Bassey hasn’t seen the last of me. I swear it.”
“Honey you know I hate swearing more than anything in the world.”
“Sorry mum but I’m not actually as good as you are.” I wiped the tears that had trailed down my face.
“Mum, I’ll be outside. I feel the walls closing in on me.” I got up from the floor and ran out through the back door. I bumped into Jathniel.
“Easy, Kara.” He held me.
“I’m sorry Jathniel. I just wasn’t looking at where I was headed.”
He flashed a smile at me,a smile that didn’t reach his eyes. “Let’s sit down then. We’re both in need of fresh air. Am I right?”
“You’re right as always Jathniel.” I sat down beside him.
“I’m not always right Kara. I still have a long way to go.”
“On a good day, I would have argued but I’m so not in the mood right now.” I twirled the tip of my braids around my fingers.
“Neither am I.” He said.
“ I guess mine’s worse. My two year old relationship with the guy whom I thought loved me more than his life just ended today. Turns out he made a bet to get me and I just found out today from one of his friends.”
“Yikes, I’m sorry about that. That’s a real shame.” He covered his face with his palms.
“It’s OK. My dad always thought he was bad luck.”
“Kara,could you spare a minute?” I turned and saw Rachel standing at the kitchen door.
“Sure. Excuse me Jathniel.”
She pulled me inside the house. She stopped at the living room,looked around and shook her head as if dissatisfied. She pulled me up the stairs to her room.
“Are you insane big sis?” she asked.
“What the hell! What did I do to you Rachel?”
“Don’t let Jathniel cloud your brain sis. The dude’s obviously attracted to Mille and you have your own boyfriend,so behave. Don’t make yourself look cheap to Jathniel.”
I rolled my eyes. “ I have no boyfriend Rachel. We’re over.”
“Well,that’s great news. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Face your medical books dear. One last thing,leave Jathniel alone.”
She winked and left the room.