THE SMILE OF TERROR
Soon Jane came back from the
market where she went shopping with her mother
“How was the day? ” she greeted
“Fine” he answered , turning his eyes
to the television
“Anything the matter? ” “No” he replied.
“May I hold the baby” he told her
“Umm he is sleeping” she answered
It wasn’t typical of him to ask to hold
the baby, he loved his son so much
but he never bothered holding him. Jane went to the bedroom and lay
the boy in his cradle.
She went to the kitchen and busied
herself preparing supper.
Alfred stood from the sofa and went
to the bedroom, he knelt down to take a closer look at the boy, there
was absolutely no resemblance, how
had Cathy noticed that so quickly.
“Babies dont resemble anyone until
they are about a year old” he told
himself The entire evening he was in a mood,
battling within himself whether to go
for DNA or just leave it, but what if it
turned out that really the baby was
not his? It would do more harm, he
convinced himself. The following day Cathy asked Alfred
to meet her from her house.
Three hours before the expected
time, Cathy begun preparing herself,
she had already swept the house and
arranged the bed and the clothes. She wore a purple dress, which was
not among her favourites but which
people told her made her look
Despite not being short, it was tight,
it shaped her curves and exposed the cleavage. That was the more
reason she didn’t like it, her
favourites were knee level flaired
At 4 pm there was a knock at the
door. She walked slowly to the door, her
heart was beating very fast, she was
going to recover that which she had
She opened the door and smiled.
Alfred looked at her and smiled back, her face was so smooth, there was
no need to use foundation or
concealer to hide pimples or dark
His eyes involuntarily landed on the
cleavage , the nipples were very visible in the dress,
She had deliberately neglected
wearing a bra.
“Come in please” she said and he
followed her like a bull going to the
slaughter house “So how is Jane and the boy” she
asked as she sat down
“Well they are both fine”
“I missed this place so much” he
said looking around
“It must be lonely around here” “Yes it is” she answered “no one to
talk to, it gets scary sometimes,
nightmares in the night other times”
she said in a lower voice.
“So you wanted to see me” he said
“Yeah” she answered not really knowing what to tell him, she didnt
want his help in anything, he just
wanted his presence.
“I just wanted your company, I could
have asked Jane but then I know she
is busy, you and Jane are the only friends I have, so to escape thoughts
of committing suicide, I need to
surround myself with people once in
a while,,, ” she posed to read his
He pitied her. It was good because she needed as
much pity from him as possible, she
would use it to advance.
“I hope I didn’t make you abandon
other important things” she added
“Actually you did” he said stealing glances at her.
She didn’t hide her disappointment
“But you are more important than all
of them, so I abandoned them” he
said with a smile and she smiled
back. She stood and went to the fridge.
Alfred watched her behind move from
side to side, he couldn’t believe she
was not going to be his wife.
She came back with a bottle of wine
and two wine glasses. Her hips that had protruded her
pelvis swaying in a systematic way.
“You take wine? ” he asked in shock
“Ofcousre I do, ”
“Since when? ” he asked teasingly
“Since my mother’s death” she answered and the topic was closed.
Her mother’s death must have left a
really huge scar .
“They took a few glasses and Cathy
took the bottle back
” I dont want us to get drunk and do something we might regret later” she
“Cathy I love you and you know that,
there is nothing that we can do that I
can regret later, Jane was a mistake,
a trap , you know that” he said. But Cathy seemed not to be paying
She decided to sit on a different sofa
when she came back from the fridge.
Alfred scanned her and she looked
like a fruit. He moved to her and put his arm
around her waist.
The passion was ignited and it
seemed they were both aware of
what would happen because they
each had prepared some protection. Cathy had bought them the previous
night while Alfred had bought them
on his way to her house.
Clothes were flying in the air and
landed on the ground.
After minutes they both picked their clothes and put them on.
“I have to go back home right now,
am even late” said Alfred looking for
his shirt behind the sofa
“Which home? You can’t do that to
me Alfred, am I just a sex toy, to you, dont you like spending time with me.
” she asked amidst sobs wrapping
her arms around him.
“Just tell her you won’t make it home
today” she suggested
Alfred texted Jane to tell her that he would be home the next day.
Jane tried to call him but his phone
She wondered where he could be, a
strong opinion was nagging in her
heard, that he was with another woman.
Alfred and Cathy went to shower
together and later slept in each
Very early in the morning, Alfred got
dressed and kissed Cathy lightly on the lips to go.
Cathy who wasnt asleep pulled him
back and drowned her lips into his.
Alfred threw away everything in his
hands and he bent down to hold
Cathy. And Thats how they spent the next
two hours in the blankets together.
“It should have been you, you should
have been my wife” ha had told her
and she giggled.
They went to shower and spent the whole morning and afternoon in bed,
listening to some slow music which
sent them into deep sleep.
Cathy woke up around 3 pm and
decided not to wake Alfred up.
She went to drink some water and joined him later.
Alfred woke up an hour later and
went home after exchanging kisses
He turned his phone on and there
were a lot of messages and who called from Jane. He knew he was in
He reached home and Jane was on
He went to the bedroom and Jane
followed her. “You were not at work, neither were
you with Frank or Kelvin, I already
talked to them. ” she said sharply
“Is that how you welcome your
husband whom you haven’t seen for
the whole night? ” “Where were you? ” she asked
starring at him
“If I pour hot cooking oil on you then
you will start saying that Zambian
women are violent” she said angrily
“Why can’t you just shut up and let me have my peace” he said harshly.
“If you think am a fool, then you dont
know me, I will kill you and your
girlfriend if I ever find out thay you
are cheating” she said, now sweating
profusely “Jane stop acting as though our
marriage is anything , your parents
just dumped you on me, ”
And at that, there was an intense
quarrel between the couple.
Cathy on the other hand was smiling to herself, she would put everything
In order before going back to school.
She had prepared pasta with chicken
and was about to eat when there was
Could it be that Alfred had come back ? She removed the key and
looked through the key hole, it was a
She opened the door and Jane stood
there with her son on her back
” oh dear ” said Cathy giving her friend a hug
“Come in” she told her.
Cathy offered her some pasta but she
refused. She then made a cup of hot
coffee for her.
When her nerves calmed, she narrated to Cathy how Alfred had
disappered from home and only
appeared the following day, she told
her about their quarrel and how she
thought he was cheating.
Cathy soothed her and comforted her and told her to go back home and
resolve the problem without
Jane refused to go back and Cathy
allowed her to spend the night.
“You will be fine” she assured her. Some minutes later, Cathy’s phone
rang, it was Alfred.
She picked the call but kept saying
hello, pretending not to be hearing
It must be network , he thought. Cathy quickly put the phone on silent
It rang again, she looked at it and
told Jane she would be back.
She went to her bedroom and
answered the phone and Alfred said
that he was on his way to Cathy’s house to spend the night.
Cathy wanted to decline but she
thought of the amazing moment they
had shared together. She was
looking forward to another day and it
had come so soon. She told him that he would find her.
She sat down to think of what she
She joined Jane in the living room
“Girl I think you should just go back
home, running away from your house every time you have an argument will
lead to more problems.”
“Cathy I can’t” she answered
“Your mum is aware of your fight,
she is as much hurt and she needs
you” Jane looked at her , digesting her
“Think of it, you fought because he
slept out, if you sleep out, he might
think you are taking revenge and he
will also do likewise, and the war will Not end. ”
With this Jane was convinced .
She put her son who was sleeping in
the sofa on her back
“Thank you very much love” she said
giving her a peck. She left and went.
Cathy sat back in the sofa relieved,
she couldn’t wait for another night
To Be Continued