THE SMILE OF TERROR
“So,,,you are married” said Jane
disappointedly. “No am not” said Stanely hesitantly
Jane looked at him unbeliavably
‘Zambian men, with a wedding ring
on his finger and still denying being
married’ thought Jane angrily
“Well what it really is is that, ,,,,” said Stanley ,stammering
“No you dont have ro explain
anything , I didn’t expect you to stay
single over these months anyways”
she cut him.
She left the kitchen and went to the living room where she sat starring at
the television without getting
Stanely joined her after some
“So what next?” He asked But Jane’s eyes were fixed on the
screen absent mindedly and Stanely
could see it.
“Jane ” he called her much louder
and she turned to look at him.
“Yes” she answered “I just asked you a question” he said
“Really? And what was that
“Wha next now?” he asked
“Next as in how” she said
“You and Cathy, are you restoring your friendship” he said
‘Are you stupid?’ She said in her
heart, why on earth would she make
friends with Cathy?
“No am not” she said coldly “am
taking this case to court” she added “I thought we talked about this” said
“I dont care what we talked about or
not, all I know is that she will pay
dearly for her actions” she said
calmly “Do you know that she might be
sentenced to life imprisonment ? And
there will be no one to get her out”
Jane looked at him and laughed
“Who cares Stanely, who cares? Let them sentence her to life
imprisonment ,I dont care” she said
in an I dont care tone.
“Jane you can’t do this, dont repay
wrong with wrong”
“Do you know what Stanely, I think am very grateful for all you did for
me, thank you for unlocking the
mystery of my life concerning that
little boy even thought it led to the
heartbreaking discovery. But I think
you need to go home tomorrow, your wife must be really worried.”
The entire evening was so awkward
for the two.
There was less talking and no eating.
The following day Stanely left her
house early in the morning. “Why dont you wait for breakfast”
asked Jane but Stanely said he had
to go.Jane remained in tears ,she
still loved Stanely so much
Cathy was sweeping the living room
when there was a knock on the door. She wondered who it was because
she wasnt expecting anyone except
police officers. She expected them to
bang on her door and march in any
time and drag her to the station.
She slowly went to open the door. To her surprise it was Stanely.
“Stanely” she said
“How are you ” he greeted her , she
responded slowly .
“Dont be so startled, can I come in?”
“Yeah,” she said smilling,”I wasnt expecting you, I was expecting cops”
“You have a great sense of humour I
must say” and they both laughed .
“So what brings you here?” There
was a sense of easiness in her voice.
“Well to see if I can do something”
He cleared his throat and continued ”
how much do you hate Jane, on a
scale of 10, be honest”
Cathy looked at him startled ,she kept quete for a long time trying to hear
what her inner voice would say
“I would say 2” she answered
“So that means you hate her 20%
and love her 80%? ” he said and
Cathy nodded her head “Thats a good one, so have you
considered apologising to her ”
“Over my dead body will I do that, I
know she didn’t intentionally sleep
with Alfred but she intentionally got
married to him.” Stanely studied her for a moment.
“She did a wrong thing to marry
Alfred but she is hurting right now,
her child is dead, whom she carried
for nine months ,enduring the
gossiping around town, gave birth in pain but hey, the woman she trusted
so much swapped her child,she
came back home with another
woman’s child while her own child
was dying in the village ,then she
suffered emotional pain from Alfred who abused her so much. Please
you have to forgive and start a new
life, dont habour a grudge against
anyone. God forgives us for every
sins that we commit, why should we
harden our hearts when it comes to us forgiving others . God does no
punish us for every wrong thing we
do, but he waits patiently for us to
realise our wrong doings and ask for
forgiveness and he forgives us.”
Cathy was listening intently, she had not heard from the word of God for
such a long time and hearing Stanely
say that reminded her of her
childhood sunday school days when
they were taught how to memorise
verses of which she could nolonger remember even one.
“I did a wrong thing, it was terrible”
she said quetly.
“Now all you have to do is ask God
to forgive you and then apologise to
Jane and Alfred” ‘Alfred’ thought Cathy, he was the
last person she wanted to see.
“I ll do just that” she said in a shaky
Stanely left and Cathy sat still in the
sofa. She fell down on her knees and
wept. She went to her mother’s
bedroom and loked for the Bible, she
had seen it a few times and she
hoped she would find it.
She found it in one of the drawers,she hurried to her bedroom
and fell to the ground on her knees.
With the Bible in her hands and tears
down her eyes she looked up.
“Dear Lord ,I ve strayed from the way,
so far away from the road, I turned my back on you at a time I was
supposed to cling to you, please
Forgive me, please forgive me,
forgive me please”
She fell on her knees crying loudly.
She pictured how Jane’s child must have had died without the
opportunity to receive the love from
its biological parents, how she had
deceived the other woman into
thinking that she had a daughter .
She opened the Bible randomly and it went to Mark 2:17 ” ,,they that are
well dont need a physician but they
that are sick, I came not to call the
righteous but sinners to repentance”
She sat down on the bed, thats the
comfort that she needed, Jesus did not come to call the righteous to
repent ,he came to call sinners to
repent, people who are not sick dont
need a doctor,its the sick people who
need a doctor.
She got up and took a bath, without second thoughts ,she started off to
Jane’s house after dressing up.
She reluctantly raised her hand and
knocked on the door. There was no
response, she knocked much harder.
Jane rushed to go and open the door thinking it was Stanely, but to her
disappointment it was Cathy.
“What are you doing here!?” She
Cathy went on her knees
“Please Jane forgive me” “What?! Are you mad? You really
think am going to forgive you? You
must be very stupid Catherine ”
“Please Jane,am very sorry for what I
caused between you and Alfred and
to the baby” said Cathy still on her knees.
“Dont even talk about my baby, what
do you know about babies, leave my
house right now” she shouted.
“Am not leaving without your
forgiveness ” she protested. “Huh I see, you really won’t leave
without my forgiveness, am coming
right now,give me a moment” she
said as she rushed inside the house.
She came back with a bucketful of
water and poured it on Cathy. “Ouch ” exclaimed Cathy looking
amazingly at Jane. She stood up
looking like a soaked chicken.
“Please Jane, I need your forgiveness
” she said looking at her.
“If you knew how much I hate you, you would be on your way right now
to your house” said Jane fiercely
“I know why you want me to forgive
you” she added “so that I dont take
you to court,I can see through you,
dont think you are clever.” “Please Jane you can take me me to
court if you want, all I want is to be
forgiven by you” she pleaded.
Jane slammed the door and went
inside, leaving the soaked Cathy
starring at the door. She went back to her house.
Jane locked herself in the bedroom
and wept,she had so much to cry
about, her child, Stanely and Cathy,
she had lost them all. She picked her
photo album, she and and Cathy had been so so happy.
..To Be Continued