THE SMILE OF TERROR
Tom and Cathy boarded on a
bus,heading to Tom’s house. She was very nervous and she wondered
“Was your aunty wearing a friendly
face when she asked for me to visit?”
Asked Cathy for the fourth time,and
Tom told her not to worry at all, for the fourth time.
“You will love her, she is a wonderful
woman” Tom assured her.
Minutes later they were standing at
the door of the house.Tom gently
pushed open the door and asked Cathy to follow him.
She did a quick scan of the house
,photo frames on the wall ,it was
good and clean. She sat on a sofa
queitly and Tom disappeared to
obviously one of the rooms. After sometime a light and short fat
lady entered the living room.
“Katarina” she said with a smile, “the
most talked about newly found sister
Cathy looked at her and smiled. “You are welcome” she said shaking
“How is school?”
They talked about a few things and
later asked her to join in the kitchen.
“Do you know how to bake a cake?” She asked.
“Yes I do” answered Cathy.
“Alright then you will bake while I
prepare dinner, I want to surprise
Tom’s uncle today with a cake”
She went on talking about how her husband spent little time home due
to the nature of his Job,she talked
about how Tom’s father who
happened to be her brother was
wasting his life away on beer even
after being to rehab several times. “Tell me how did you meet Tom?”
She asked her, she narrated how she
had met him accidentally and how
she had called him buddy and how
everyone at school called him monk.
They laughed. “Tom had always wanted to be a
priest ,to take a vow of celibacy from
childhood, thats what his father had
taught him,that women are beasts,
simply because his wife left him, I
dont blame her at all. So even when I got Tom and begun living with him
here,he hated me so much, but after
sometime, he realised that am
harmless and has taken me as his
mother ever since.”
Cathy watched the woman talk on and on, she was a real time
“Dont be surprised about how much I
talk, am surrounded by men around
here, my two kids are both male, so I
dont get to have an opportunity to find a listening ear and a gossip
She then asked her about her
She told her their names in full and
what they did for a living. ” wait a minute!” She exclaimed.
“Your mother was Elizabeth who got
married to Patrick?” She asked in
“Oh Lord we live in a small world,
your father was a hottie at college and we all crushed on him,the day he
proposed to your mother, there was
weeping among the ladies. Those
two lovebirds loved each other so
much, everyone on campus loved
them. They just could not live without each other. Lydia will be so
happy to see you” she said.
It was the first time Cathy got to hear
a few things about her parents’
relationship, it comforted her that
they loved each other so much, she understood why her mother became
depressed and angry with Melody for
accusing her of being responsible for
her husband’s death. Its a pity they
both ended that way.
They had dinner and despite her effort to let the two spend a night,
Tom insisted that they leave.
“Thanx for coming sweety, you
should be coming every weekend and
you should consider spending a
holiday here, I will invite Lydia over, she will be so happy to see you”
Cathy wondered who Lydia was but
did not ask , she guessed that it
should have been one of her
mother’s college friend, probably
bestfriend. “Wow I feel like I have just
discovered a family, I love that
woman” said Cathy in the bus.
“We are your new family Cathy, she
loves you as much, she told me that
she can’t believe that she finally has a daughter.”
Cathy looked through the window,
trees racing behind her, it was a cool
evening, life was really a struggle,
and the battle is not always to the
strong. The two sat silently until they got off
the bus. Cathy burst into laughter,
” what now?” Said Tom.
“Aunty told me about how you
wanted to be a priest from childhood,
what happened?” Tom looked away and laughed, Cathy
had taught him the ability to love and
showed him the other side of women,
he had thought that the only good
woman in the world was his aunt.
The following day,there was a knock which woke Jane up, she went to the
door hoping it was Stanely, only to
“Goodmorning Jane” he said.
“How may I help you?” She asked “Its Catherine, is she dating?” He
“Is that why you came all the way,
you could have just called you know”
she said laughing at him.
“Its very important to me” he said. “Why do you want to know, the last
time I checked, you clearly said you
dont want any friendship with her”
she said looking him in the eye.
“It was anger” he said.
“She is not dating, what now?” “Oh thank God” he said making a
cross sign and looking to the
“I can’t let go off your friend, she has
colonised my entire heart, I can’t
pretend” he said. “Isnt it her, who should be hearing
this? Not me” said Jane.
“I need your help”
They enterd the house and plotted on
how best to approach Cathy and with what words?”
Jane called Cathy later in the
“Sweety, am asking for your brothers’
line” said Jane.
“Who?” Asked Cathy “Tom ofourse” said Jane
“What for?” She asked.
“Iwe just send, someone wants to
ask him concerning the course”
She sent her the number and she
forwaded it to Alfred. Jane later called Tom and introduced
herself. She asked him if he could
help by mentioning Alfred in their
conversations with Cathy and see the
“I dont think I like that Alfred guy” said Tom.
“Your Job as her brother is not only
to choose what’s best for her but
also what makes her happy.” Said
When Tom met Cathy he said. ” If Alfred popped from
somewhere,what would be your
“I would run away” she told him.
Thats the same answer she gave him
all the time which frustrated Jane so much.
“I dont know if she still likes you or
not, just go over there and tell her
what you feel” said Jane on the
The following weekend, Alfred went to Lusaka to talk to Cathy. He called
Tom and they met.
“Will you accompany me? Brother
inlaw?” He said.
They went to Cathy’s room and Tom
remained outside the hostel ,he called Cathy.
“Sis I have a surprise for you”
“What?” She asked.
“Open the door if you are in the
“Am still in bed, ” she said lazily Cathy walked to the door hoping it
wasnt fools day in November.
She stood on the door way shocked.
Her heart was racing.
“Whaaa,,,what, are you doing here?”
Afred didnt know whether to smile or to look humble.
“Am here to see you Cathy” he said.
Alfred entered, nothing much had
changed, same wall paper, same
carpet,same table, only the beddings were different.
“Where is Kay”
“She went for weekend yesterday,and
how did you meet up with Tom?”
“We are buddies” said Alfred
“Well there is someone who wants to say hi to you” said Alfred opening his
“Oh my God Jathy! Ewww I missed
you so much” she shouted grabbing
her from Alfred. “Ohhh” she hugged the teddy bear.
“I missed you so much,how is Jane?
Oh look at you all grown.”
And thats how her mood lightened
‘Jane’s idea was really ideal’ said Alfred to himself.
They talked a little about school,
work, the weather, Alfred didnt take
long before making known what he
had gone for.
“Somehow it looks like you ve gotten over me, which breaks my heart” said
“I got over you the day you called me
a snake and a witch” said Cathy.
Alfred kep queit, how on earth could
he have called her those names. “Am really sorry, I was foolish to call
you that, tempers were high and new
things were being said. But am realy
sorry, I just can’t live without you and
my worst nightmare is you being with
another man instead of me.” Cathy kept quiet.
She didn’t feel the same way as he
did but she knew that she çould
easily love him again.
“I could have given you a second
chance but you see am a born again and I dont want to spend my life with
a man who drinks, what will I teach
Now that was very hard for Alfred,
choosing between love and beer, he
loved them both, “But you know am not a heavy
drinker, I just drink on weekends”
“Drinking is drinking” said Cathy.
Alfred had to think quickly before he
could be seen as one who loves beer
more than Cathy or rush into a quick promise.
“You can teach me how to stop, you
can be giving me the Bible verses
concerning beer and you can draw
me closer to God” he said.
“Well” said Cathy giving a sigh. Afred turned to Jathy.
“Jathy please, help me tell aunty how
much I love her.
” I ll think about it, tomorrow maybe”
she said. She needed to enquire from
both Tom and Jane. They talked about other things and
after lunch Alfred left.
“Where are you staying?” Asked
Cathy as she escorted him.
“At a friend’s house” he said.
In the evening, Cathy called Jane and told her what Alfred had done. Jane
acted surprised and called it
romantic,she told her to go for it if
she still liked him.
The following day ,Alfred went to see
Cathy again and was met with the goodnews,
“Maybe we can give it another try”
she had told him. He hugged her and
thanked her. They went for a movie
in the evening, with Jathy.
Preparations for Jane’s wedding were underway and Cathy couldnt wait to
close school and participate fully.
They finally closed but her Aunty
insisted that she spend a night home
before leaving,so she went with Tom
and left the following day. Her aunt gave her money for transport and told
her to keep in touch.
Back home, everyone was in the
Alfred was so happy to see her
Catherine. “We ve come a long way my love” he
said kissing her. She smiled at him
and as usual freezing him.
He cooked for her sometimes and
took her shopping from time to time
and they went for picnics. “How come i didnt see this romantic
side of you?” She teased him.
“Well I have to be the best man for
Soon it was the day of the wedding.
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